Savio decries 'sporting infamy' as Androni-Sidermec miss out on Giro d'Italia wildcard

Gianni Savio on the 2019 Giro d'Italia
Gianni Savio at the 2019 Giro d'Italia (Image credit: Getty Images)

“Objectively, it’s a great injustice. And – please write this – it’s a sporting shame, sporting infamy.” Gianni Savio had a night to think about his Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec squad’s absence from the 2021 Giro d’Italia, but his view of RCS Sport’s distribution of the wildcard invitations hadn’t softened when he picked up the phone on Thursday morning. 

The aggression of Simon Pellaud and Mattia Bais on last year’s Giro saw the team carry off the intermediate sprint classification and the breakaway prize for most kilometres off the front. Off the bike, Savio issued a forceful defence of the race organisation in response to EF Education First’s proposal to bring the race to an early halt due to concerns over the coronavirus bubble. 

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Barry Ryan
Head of Features

Barry Ryan is Head of Features at Cyclingnews. He has covered professional cycling since 2010, reporting from the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and events from Argentina to Japan. His writing has appeared in The Independent, Procycling and Cycling Plus. He is the author of The Ascent: Sean Kelly, Stephen Roche and the Rise of Irish Cycling’s Golden Generation, published by Gill Books.