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by Mark Zalewski
January 31, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: 60 Minutes report on motorized doping raises questions about Team Sky and UCI at 2015 Tour de France; French anti-doping expert says he was told a dozen riders used motors during the 2015 Tour de France; Loren Rowney announces her retirement and the beginning of a new chapter; Doctor and courier at centre of Team Sky mystery package scandal called to testify; Pauwels accepts van Aert’s apology but will not forget dispute; Mathieu van der Poel: ‘This is the biggest disappointment of my career’; Van Aert’s World Championship tire choice causes debate; RCS Sport shoots down extra Giro d’Italia wildcard proposal; UAE Abu Dhabi signs Moroccan champion Anass Ait el Abdia; Memorial ride held for cyclist killed in hit-and-run, suspect in custody; Nash and Zahner elected to UCI Athletes’ Commission for cyclocross; Photographer apologises to McLay for finish crash; Rider holds onto side of bridge after crash; Kangaroo surprises cyclists.
After the announcement of only two Italian wildcard teams for the Giro d’Italia this year, Gianni Savio, owner of the Androni Giocattoli team, proposed an 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. However, the owners of the race, RCS Sport, have responded that the idea is a non-starter.
There is precedent for the idea, as the race expanded the peloton to include an additional team in 2011 in conjunction with the celebration of the 150th anniversary of Italy’s unification. Savio says that should be the case this year as the race celebrates its centennial.
“I’ve already explained that our choices are based on sporting, commercial and strategic reasons,” Mauro Vegni, the head of cycling at organiser RCS Sport, told Cyclingnews. “There’s nothing personal against Androni Giocattoli or Nippo-Vini Fantini, they know that. But as a privately owned company, we’ve got the right to decide who gets the four final wild card teams.”
Nippo – Vini Fantini general manager Francesco Pelosi has also asked for a similar dispensation.
Mario Androni, the main sponsor of the Androni Giocattoli, said he would end his sponsorship of the team if not selected for the Giro.
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