Giro d'Italia Director Zomegnan selects first team

giro d'italia 2011

The Giro d'Italia is a step ahead of its Grand Tour rival, the Tour de France. Race Director Angelo Zomegnan announced the first team invited to next year's race: Farnese-Neri, the team of Italian Champion Giovanni Visconti.

"Giovanni Visconti will be at the start of the Giro d'Italia in 2011, the 150th anniversary of the Unification of Italy," said Zomegnan on Friday. "We could not go without the tricolour [national] jersey in the Giro."

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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.