Giro d’Italia Wild Cards Named
Twenty-two teams will compete in the 88th edition of the Giro d'Italia which will start on the 7 May in Reggio Calabria.
Alongside the 20 Pro Tour teams, the two wild cards are Panaria (with climbing stars Emanuele Sella and Julio Perez Cuapio) and Colombia-Selle Italia (Leonardo Scarselli, Marlon Perez and Moreno Di Biase).
"Lucky" Perez Cuapio. (c) Karen Lambrecht.
This will be a huge disappointment to teams such as Naturino-Sapore di Mare (Francesco Casagrande, Valerio Agnoli and Filippo Simeoni), Acqua e Sapone (Leonardo Moser) and Barloworld (Igor Astarloa, Felix Cardenas).
The 22 competing teams will be: Bouygues Telecom (France), Ceramiche Panaria-Navigare (Italia), Cofidis (France), Colombia-Selle Italia (Colombia), Credit Agricole (France), Davitamon-Lotto (Belgium), Discovery Channel (USA), Domina Vacanze (Italia), Euskaltel (Spain), Fassa Bortolo (Italia), Français Des Jeux (France), Gerolsteiner (Germany), Illes Balears (Spain), Lampre-Caffita (Italia), Liberty Seguros (Spain), Liquigas-Bianchi (Italia), Phonak (Swiss), Quickstep (Belgium), Rabobank (Holand), Saunier Duval (Spain), T-Mobile Team (Germany), Team CSC (Denmark).
Good News for Eurosport Viewers
Eurosport has acquired exclusive cable and satellite rights in Europe for live coverage of all major Italian cycling races.
In addition to renewing the Giro d’Italia (May 7-29), Eurosport has won back the rights to Milan-San Remo (March 19) and the Giro di Lombardia (October 15).
The package also includes the Tirreno-Adriatico race (March 9-15). Eurosport, which reaches 100 million homes, will televise the races in more than 54 countries.
Eurosport say the four cycling events will complete the best cycling offer that it has ever had.
(Source: © sportbusiness.com)