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by Mark Zalewski
March 8, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Bennett wins Paris-Nice, stage 3; An interview with Paul Kimmage: Team Sky’s charade has been exposed; “I was officially burnt out”: Time to stop and look at the bigger picture; Noticeable split among Team Sky riders in voicing support of Brailsford; Gianni Savio continues fight for Giro invite; Janse van Rensburg abandons Paris-Nice after crash; Colorado Classic to be televised, streamed; Rupert Guinness to race across Australia; Second attempt at Year Record for rider two years after first try ended in crash; Research finds air pollution worse for drivers than cyclists on London roadway; 2017 Paris-Nice, stage 3 highlights; No Ordinary Night Film Contest 2016/17 – The Winners.
Gianni Savio, team manager of the Italian ProContinental Androni Giocattoli team, is still fighting the uphill battle to get his team into the Giro d’Italia. Savio proposed the idea of expanding the field to include a hybrid composite team of the two Italian ProContinental teams left out of the selection, with four riders each from the Androni Giocattoli and Nippo-Vini Fantini teams, something that had been done in the past. While RCS Sport quickly shot the idea down Savio is still working that angle.
Savio was quite vocal about not being invited by organiser RCS Sport, along with the Nippo-Vini Fantini team. The team’s sponsor even said he would pull the plug on the sponsorship because of it.
In response RCS Sport cycling director Mauro Vegni was pointed in his comments, saying that the Italian teams have for years “run on a mistaken model,” that they expect automatic entry into the Italian Grand Tour.
Regardless of whether he can convince the Giro to allow a hybrid team, Savio told Cyclingnews that his team’s sponsorship is secure.
“I will continue. There are some rumours the team will disappear, but that will not happen. For sure, 100 per cent I continue. I don’t know if we continue as Androni Giocattoli but Sidermec, the second sponsor have confirmed and Lauretana, the water company, confirmed as well,” he said. “I think that Androni told me that he don’t continue because he was angry with this big injustice but I think I can maybe convince him.”
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