Russell Downing and NetApp look ahead to season without Giro invite

Russell Downing, NetApp-Endura 2013

Team NetApp-Endura came just one vote short of returning to race the Giro d'Italia with a wildcard invite. After the near-miss for Giro selection, the newly British-backed, German-based team must now look ahead to the rest of the season.

"The goal of the team is to have a solid year and to ride a Grand Tour again. The team is disappointed not to get a ride, but we did get invited to Tirreno-Adriatico and Lombardy. We will shift focus and put it all into the other races," NetApp-Endura rider Russell Downing told Cycling Weekly. "You never know, bike racing is a crazy sport, it might work out for the best."

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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.