Total Direct Energie confirm they will decline invite to Giro d'Italia 2020

Race organisers had asked the French team to decline their invite to make space for more Italian squads

Romain Sicard at the 2019 Tour de France (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

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Total Direct Energie have confirmed they will not take their place at the 2020 Giro d'Italia after race organisers asked the French squad to decline their invite to make room for more Italian teams.

The team had won the right to participate in all 2020 WorldTour events after coming top of the Professional Continental rankings in 2019, a new rule that has been introduced by the UCI.

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