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Giro d'Italia to feature 23 teams as UCI grants organisers exemption to accommodate Katusha

RCS Sport had already announced wild card teams when CAS upheld Russian team's appeal ...

The Giro d’Italia will get under way in Naples in a little over three weeks’ time with 23 teams instead of the usual 22 - in both cases, with nine riders each - with the UCI granting an exemption to its usual rules, a move necessitated by Katusha’s belated securing of a  WorldTour licence for the 2013 season.

The Russian team had been refused a licence late last year by the UCI’s Licence Commission, and successfully challenged that decision at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), which announced its decision in mid-February.

The UCI, which had earlier suggested that it might reopen the registration process meaning that one of the 18 teams already in possession of a WorldTour licence would have to drop down to second-tier Professional Continental status to make way for Katusha, eventually decided simply to have 19 WorldTour teams for this year.

However, that had a knock-on effect for Giro organisers RCS Sport, which had already announced the wild cards for this season’s Giro; in January, it had revealed the identity of the four UCI Professional Continental teams that would line up alongside the then 18 WorldTour teams for the race – and Katusha wasn’t amongst them.

So, when the CAS decision was announced, that left them with a headache, one that is now resolved, with the UCI having told RCS Sport last week that they would be allowed to have 207 riders and 19 WorldTour teams in the race after waiving the usual limits of 200 and 18, respectively.

The larger field in itself isn’t unprecedented, and happened as recently as 2011, when the UCI granted RCS Sport permission to include an extra team in the Giro d’Italia for an edition of the race that celebrated the 150th anniversary of the unification of Italy – although on that occasion, it was 18 WorldTour and five Professional Continental teams that took to the start in Turin.

The full list of teams taking part in this year’s race, which starts in Naples on Saturday 4 May and concludes in Brescia on Sunday 26 May, is:

AG2R La Mondiale (FRA)

Androni Giocattoli-Venezuela (ITA)
Argos Shimano (NED)

Astana (KAZ)

Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox (ITA)
Blanco Pro Cycling (NED)

BMC Racing (USA)

Cannondale (ITA)

Colombia (COL)
Euskaltel-Euskadi (ESP)


Garmin-Sharp (USA)

Katusha (RUS)

Lampre-Merida (ITA)

Lotto-Belisol (BEL)

Movistar (ESP)

Omega Pharma-Quick Step (BEL)

Orica-GreenEdge (AUS)

RadioShack-Leopard (LUX)

Sky Procycling (GBR)

Saxo-Tinkoff (DEN)

Vacansoleil-DCM (NED)

Vini Fantini-Selle Italia (ITA)*

* UCI Professional Continental team

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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mikeprytherch | 11 years ago

Will Rodriguez race in the Giro now as well ?

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