Organizers for the Giro d’Italia, RCS Sport, announced the four wildcard teams that have been chosen to participate in year’s Italian Grand Tour today – Nippo-Vini Fantini, Bardiani CSF, Israel Cycling Academy and Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec.
2019 marks the final year that RCS Sport will be allowed to make an independent decision as to which teams will receive wildcard invitations, as new reforms from cycling’s governing body, the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), will automatically select the top-two ranked Pro Continental teams to participate in all three Grand Tours.
Meanwhile, all 18 WorldTour teams will continue to receive automatic invitations to the Giro d’Italia.
RCS Sport also announced its invitations to Strade Bianche, Tirreno-Adriatico and Milan-San Remo on Friday, while the wildcards for Il Lombardia will be decided at a later date.
Neri Sottoli Selle Italia KTM, Nippo – Vini Fantini – Faizanè and Vital Concept – B&B Hotels have been invited to Strade Bianche on March 9.
Bardiani CSF, Cofidis, Gazprom-Rusvelo, Israel Cycling Academy and Neri Sottoli Selle Italia KTM will line out at Tirreno-Adriatico (March 13-19).
The seven Milan-San Remo wildcards have been assigned to Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec, Bardiani CSF, Cofidis, Direct Energie, Israel Cycling Academy, Neri Sottoli Selle Italia KTM and Team Novo Nordisk.
The 2019 Giro d’Italia gets underway in Bologna on May 11 and concludes in Verona on June 2.
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