Italian team sponsor threatens to pull out after Giro d'Italia non-selection

Head of Androni company says 'that is it' after the Androni Giocattoli team failed to get a wildcard place in the 2017 Giro d'Italia

Rodolfo Torres of the Androni team

(Image credit: Yuzuru Sunada)

The Androni toy company says that it is pulling its cycling team sponsorship following the Giro d'Italia's decision to leave its squad out of the 2017 race.

On Wednesday, organiser RCS Sport named the four professional continental teams, or wildcards, to race alongside the 18 WorldTour teams in the Giro. Out of the four Italian teams available, it selected two: Bardiani CSF and Wilier Triestina. It also invited Russian team Gazprom-RusVelo, which raced and won a stage in 2016, and Poland's CCC Sprandi Polkowice.

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