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Tinkoff happy about selections

Not everyone is upset about the recent selections for the Tirreno-Adriatico and Milano-Sanremo. Astana and Acqua & Sapone were among the teams not invited, but Italian squad Tinkoff Credit Systems made the cut.

"There is great satisfaction among Tinkoff Credit Systems, after its official invitation to the Tirreno-Adriatico and Milano-Sanremo races," said General Manager Stefano Feltrin.

"We are happy to be invited by RCS to dispute these two prestigious competition on the international calendar, and we will make every effort to honor the confidence expressed in our team." Team President Oleg Tinkov indicated the decision showed a great respect for his team in the current racing climate.

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Kirsten Frattini is an honours graduate of Kinesiology and Health Science from York University in Toronto, Canada. She has been involved in cycling from the community and grassroots level to professional cycling's WorldTour. She has worked in both print and digital publishing, and started with Cyclingnews as a North American Correspondent in 2006. Moving into a Production Editor's role in 2014, she produces and publishes international race coverage for all men's and women's races including Spring Classics, Grand Tours, World Championships and Olympic Games, and writes and edits news and features. As the Women's Editor at Cyclingnews, Kirsten also coordinates and oversees the global coverage of races, news, features and podcasts about women's professional cycling.