Teams invited for 2009 Giro D’Italia
Fourteen of the 18 licensed ProTour teams and six Professional Continental teams have been invited by organizers RCS Sport to this year’s centennial Giro d’Italia from May 9 to 31.
2009 Giro d’Italia teams:
Katusha (Rus), Astana (Kaz), Caisse d’Epargne (Spa), Quick Step (Bel), Rabobank (Ned), Team Columbia (USA), LPR Brakes Farnese Vini (Irl), AG2R – La Mondiale (Fra), Team Milram (Ger), Garmin-Slipstream (USA), BBox Bouygues Telecom (Fra), Acqua & Sapone – Caffè Mokambo (Ita), Lampre-N.G.C. (Ita), Liquigas (Ita), Cervélo Test Team (Swi), Saxo Bank – IT Factory (Den), Silence-Lotto (Bel), ISD (Ita), Xacobeo Galicia (Spa), Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni-Androni Giocattoli (Ven),
Absent from the list of teams are four ProTour squads: Cofidis, Euskaltel-Euskadi, Française des Jeux and Fuji-Servetto. The Spanish Fuji-Servetto team, former Saunier Duval, affected in 2008 by the doping offenses of riders Riccardo Riccò and Leonardo Piepoli, has also been denied invitations to two other major events organized by RCS Sport, Tirreno-Adriatico and Milan-Sanremo.
Three other teams missing from the Giro d’Italia start list are the Flaminia Bossini Docce team of current Italian national road champion Filippo Simeoni, Team Barloworld and the CSF Navigare Team. The latter was the team of Emanuele Sella, who won four stages of the 2008 Giro d’Italia, but later tested positive for the performance enhancing EPO CERA during the Tour de France.
Another big absence is the italian national road champion Filippo Simeoni, who famously had a run-in with Lance Armstrong during the 2004 Tour de France.
RCS Sport may invite two additional teams to the Giro, but they will be announced at a later date. The organizers indicated that adherence to the biological passport program is a prerequisite for selection.