Giro d'Italia teams forced to make last-minute changes after visa problems

Significant number of riders fail to receive visas and passports in time to travel to Belfast for Giro d'Italia start on Friday

Jackson Rodriguez, Giro d'Italia 2013

The Giro d'Italia could start from Belfast with less than 198 cyclists after a number of foreign riders were unable to secure UK entry visas for the race's Grand Depart in Northern Ireland.

Venezuelans Yonder Godoy and Jackson Rodriguez were unable to depart with the rest of the team Androni Giocattoli-Venezuela yesterday from its base in Italy. General Manager Gianni Savio and Sports Director Giovanni Ellena remained behind to help sort out the problems.

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