Michele Acquarone criticises Giro d'Italia wildcard selections

Michele Acquarone, press conference, Milan, December 2013

Former Giro d'Italia race director Michele Acquarone has criticised the selection of wildcard teams for the top professional cycle races, saying that the system does not make sense in modern cycling.

On Thursday, Giro organiser RCS Sport unveiled the names of the four teams selected to race alongside the 18 WorldTour squads at this year's race. Controversially, Italian team Yellow Fluo were selected alongside Androni Giocattoli, Bardiani CSF and Colombia. Although RCS had asked fans to vote for wildcards teams based on a shortlist of eight squads, the actual selection procedure or criteria have not been broadcast.

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Nigel Wynn worked as associate editor on CyclingWeekly.com, he worked almost single-handedly on the Cycling Weekly website in its early days. His passion for cycling, his writing and his creativity, as well as his hard work and dedication, were the original driving force behind the website’s success. Without him, CyclingWeekly.com would certainly not exist on the size and scale that it enjoys today. Nigel sadly passed away, following a brave battle with a cancer-related illness, in 2018. He was a highly valued colleague, and more importantly, an exceptional person to work with - his presence is sorely missed.