Nippo-Vini Fantini will fold at the end of the season, blaming UCI reforms

The reduction of wildcard spots at Grand Tours will limit the guarantee teams can give to sponsors

Nippo-Vini Fantini at the Giro d'Italia 2019 (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

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Nippo-Vini Fantini will fold at the end of the 2019 season, with team management blaming increased costs and UCI reforms for the Italian Pro Continental team's closure.

With two more teams set to join the WorldTour ranks for the 2020 season, wildcard spots at the biggest races will be harder to come by, and team boss Francesco Pelosi says that having only two wildcard spots for the Giro d'Italia doesn't offer much of a guarantee to sponsors, which in turn limits budgets.

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