Giro d'Italia organiser asks Total Direct Energie to decline invite

RCS Sport wanted more home teams at the Italian Grand Tour

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Giro d'Italia organiser RCS Sport is asking Total Direct Energie to give up their spot in the 2020 edition so that it can have a more Italian flavour in the Grand Tour.

According to L'Equipe, cycling director Mauro Vegni reached out to the team boss Jean-René Bernaudeau in the last weeks to strike a deal. Italy's biggest cycling event starts May 9 with three stages in Hungary before it transfer to Sicily for the remaining three weeks.

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.