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Cycling News Flash for February 17, 2007

Edited by Laura Weislo

RCS Sport announces Giro wildcards

Astana, Tinkoff get wildcard slots

Angelo Zomegnan and Franco Ballerini
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Following through on its promise to invite 18 ProTour teams and four wildcards, excluding Unibet.com, RCS Sport announced the invited teams for the 2007 Giro d'Italia today, giving ProTour team Astana one of the wildcard spots.

Other wildcards include the Tinkoff Credit Systems team of Tyler Hamilton, which wisely invited Giro organizer Angelo Zomegnan to their team launch earlier this year, the Italian Acqua & Sapone-Caffè Mokambo squad of former Giro winner Stefano Garzelli, and Ceramica Panaria-Navigare. The same teams have been chosen for the Tirreno Adriatico, which begins March 14.

Teams missing out on selection include Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni-Selle Italia who had been hoping to win an invitation through excellent performances in the Tour de Langkawi, Robbie Hunter's Barloworld squad, Ceramica Flaminia, and Team LPR.

Team LPR did get the nod for Milano-Sanremo, and will join other wildcards Acqua Sapone, Ceramica Panaria, Barloworld, Tinkoff Credit Systems and Astana for La Classicissima.

The UCI and the ProTour teams have agreed that actions of Grand Tour organizers RCS Sport, the ASO and Unipublic, which have excluded Unibet.com, are in violation of ProTour rules, but no course of action has been announced as of yet. Unibet.com's future may be in jeopardy unless they can participate in the races which are guaranteed under their ProTour license.

Earlier this year, the ASO announced that it would invite 18 ProTour teams, minus Unibet.com, and four wildcards for Paris-Nice, the first event on the ProTour calendar, an action that pushed the UCI to threaten race organisers with cancelation. With Tirreno Adriatico taking place directly after Paris-Nice, the UCI is now under even stronger pressure to find a compromise with the Grand Tour organizers before the ProTour is due to begin, and will likely meet with these groups in the near future. Look for a reaction from UCI president Pat McQuaid in the Saturday First Edition of Cyclingnews.

Teams for the Giro d'Italia

Ag2r Prévoyance (Fra)
Bouygues Telecom (Fra)
Caisse d'Epargne (Spa)
Cofidis (Fra)
Crédit Agricole (Fra)
Discovery Channel (USA)
Euskaltel-Euskadi (Spa)
Française Des Jeux (Fra)
Gerolsteiner (Ger)
Lampre-Fondital (Ita)
Liquigas (Ita)
Predictor-Lotto (Bel)
Quickstep-Innergetic (Bel)
Rabobank (Ned)
Saunier Duval-Prodir (Spa)
Team CSC (Den)
Milram (Ita)
T-Mobile (Ger)

Wildcards

Acqua & Sapone-Caffè Mokambo (Ita)
Astana (Swi)
Ceramica Panaria-Navigare (Irl)
Tinkoff Credit Systems (Ita)

Milano-Sanremo

Acqua & Sapone-Caffè Mokambo (Ita)*
AG2R Prevoyance (Fra)
Astana (Swi) *
Barloworld (GBr)*
Bouygues Telecom (Fra)
Caisse d’Epargne (Spa)
Ceramica Panaria-Navigare (Irl) *
Cofidis, le credit par telephone (Fra)
Credit Agricole (Fra)
Discovery Channel (USA)
Euskaltel-Euskadi (Spa)
Française des Jeux (Fra)
Gerolsteiner (Ger)
Lampre-Fondital (Ita)
Liquigas (Ita)
Predictor-Lotto (Bel)
Quick Step-Innergetic (Bel)
Rabobank (Ned)
Saunier Duval-Prodir (Spa)
Team CSC (Den)
Team L.P.R. (Swi) *
Team Milram (Ita)
Tinkoff Credit System (Ita) *
T-Mobile Team (Ger)

Tirreno Adriatico

Acqua & Sapone-Caffè Mokambo (Ita) *
AG2R Prevoyance (Fra)
Astana (Swi) *
Bouygues Telecom (Fra)
Caisse d’Epargne (Spa)
Ceramica Panaria-Navigare (Irl) *
Cofidis, le credit par telephone (Fra)
Credit Agricole (Fra)
Discovery Channel (USA)
Euskaltel-Euskadi (Spa)
Française des Jeux (Fra)
Gerolsteiner (Ger)
Lampre-Fondital (Ita)
Liquigas (Ita)
Predictor-Lotto (Bel)
Quick Step-Innergetic (Bel)
Rabobank (Ned)
Saunier Duval-Prodir (Spa)
Team CSC (Den)
Team Milram (Ita)
Tinkoff Credit System (Ita) *
T-Mobile Team (Ger)

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