Your Friday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

January 20, 2017

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Caleb Ewan asserts Tour Down Under sprint dominance with stage 3 win; The comeback star: Marianne Vos on her stellar cross season and the pure joy of being back; Cookson answers questions at Tour Down Under; Nippo – Vini Fantini manager asks for Italian federation, UCI to intervene in Giro wildcard process; RCS Sport director responds to wildcard selection reactions; Quintana to race Giro-Tour double;Wiggins’ former teammate speaks in defence of TUEs; 15 WorldTour teams for Omloop Het Nieuwsblad; Gaudry re-elected as President of the Oceania Cycling Confederation; Armstrong enters endurance MTB race with former Postal teammates; Santos Tour Down Under, stage 3 highlights; ORICA-Scott Backstage Pass – Tour Down Under, stage 3; Video: Cyclist has close call with falling tree.

Nippo – Vini Fantini manager asks for Italian federation, UCI to intervene in Giro wildcard process

by CyclingTips

Nippo – Vini Fantini general manager Francesco Pelosi has asked the Italian Cycling Federation and the UCI to intervene into the selection process by RCS Sport over the wildcard teams for this year’s Giro d’Italia. Both his team and the Androni Giocattoli team were not chosen for the Italian Grand Tour in favour of two non-Italian teams in four of the wildcard slots.

Damiano Cunego during the 2016 Giro d’Italia.

“We ask the Italian Cycling Federation intervene to request a dispensation from the UCI to enlarge the number of wildcard, as done in 2011 for the 150th anniversary of Italian unification,” Tuttobici reported.

“We consider it necessary for strong action to safeguard Italian Cycling and give more chances to [an Italian] team for the Giro100, the race more than any other will show Italy and will carry the ‘Made in Italy’ [brand] to the world. The Italian teams are sponsored by many Italian companies, a symbol of ‘Made in Italy,’ and they deserve to be visible in the national event, in its 100th edition.”

“We have complied with all the rules and instructions received from RCS in recent years, the construction of the team to be invited to the Giro: young Italian talents, international growth, crystalline ethics, no doping. There are other rules? It would be very important to know them before being able to fight on equal terms to the other teams.”

Unlike the Androni Giocattoli team, Nippo -Vini Fantini was in the 2016 edition of the race, with its top rider Damiano Cunego finishing 44th overall, but second in the KOM competition.

Click through to read more at Tuttobici.