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by Neal Rogers
January 22, 2018
In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Impey wins Santos Tour Down Under, Greipel claims final stage; Van der Poel, Compton win Cyclocross World Cup in Nommay; Citing fever, Nibali withdraws from Vuelta a San Juan; Government of South Australia guarantees equal prize money at TDU; Dimension Data boss: No room for Teklehaimanot, but he’ll have new team soon; RCS Sport announces wildcards for Giro d’Italia plus other WorldTour events; Israel Cycling Academy celebrating Giro wildcard invitation; Bardiani-CSF secures second chance at Giro; Video: Katusha-Alpecin works on dialing in Marcel Kittel’s leadout train; Video: Molly Weaver on surviving catastrophic 2017 training incident; Video: Fan-made 2018 WorldTour season trailer.
Giro d’Italia organiser RCS Sport has confirmed the four wildcard selections for the race, inviting Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec, Bardiani CSF, Israel Cycling Academy and Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia to the event. The Bardiani CSF squad is perhaps the most surprising selection, given the damage the squad did to the race’s reputation last year with the positive doping cases of Stefano Pirazzi and Nicola Ruffoni. The duo were tested before the race, with their positives for GH-Releasing Peptides being announced on the eve of the event.
Another rider, Michael Bresciani, was brought on board later in the season but promptly tested positive for the banned diuretic furosemide. The squad recently rejoined the anti-doping organisation MPCC, a group it previously left, and has apparently done enough to convince RCS Sport that it deserves another chance.
Former Giro d’Italia winner Damiano Cunego’s Nippo-Vini Fantini team was unsuccessful in its bid to secure a place, but has the consolation of wildcard invites to Strade Bianche (March 3), Tirreno-Adriatico (March 7-13) and Milan-Sanremo (March 17).
The Androni team will join it in Strade Bianche, with Gazprom-Rusvelo, Israel Cycling Academy and Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia given places in Tirreno-Adriatico. The latter three will also ride Milan-San Remo, as will Bardiani CSF, Cofidis and Team Novo Nordisk.
The wildcard invites for RCS Sport’s Il Lombardia will be announced later in the season.