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Giro wild cards

Giro wild cards announced today were bardiani, southeasr, nippo and gazprom-rusvelo

Gazprom is a weird choice. While both ccc-polstat and netapp in recent years represented more markets that there were no teams in the race from so could be rationalised that way, there are already 2 Russian teams in katusha and tinkoff.

Also in terms of knownity of the riders, some have a smidgen of recognition in firsanov, maikin, ovechkin, serov and rybalkin, they are more a memory of their name than anything else about them.

Another issue is how separate are they to katusha, I've considered rusvelo as being a de-facto feeder team for katusha. I know I am kind of wrong in this.


Though maybe we'll see a lot of gazprom name during the giro I think, well advertising hoarding count, doesn't they?
HuwB

Some mutterings about Rusvelo not being the first choice, but that another team (Caja?) turned it down. Odd, if true.
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