The 111th edition of the Milano-Sanremo by Vittoria, organized by RCS Sport / La Gazzetta dello Sport and scheduled for Saturday 8 August, will see two more teams at the start in addition to those that have previously been announced. They are two more Italian UCI ProTeams: Androni Giocattoli – Sidermec and Bardiani CSF Faizanè.
In total 27 teams will cover the 299km from Milan to Sanremo, each comprising six riders.
Mauro Vegni, RCS Sport Cycling Director, underlined how: “The organization had already asked the UCI, at this particular moment where there is a need to have as many teams and riders as possible participating, to be able to invite two other teams without reducing the number of riders per team. The UCI rejected the request because this would have meant exceeding the maximum limit of riders in the race allowed by the regulation (176). In the absence of a derogation, we made a request to the UCI, through the PCC – Professional Cycling Council, composed of representatives of teams, athletes, organizers and members appointed by the UCI – to reduce the number of riders per team to six in order to allow space for the other two teams. The PCC approved our request and in this way we were able, once again, to support the Italian movement and get all three Italian ProTeams at the start.”
MILANO-SANREMO (8 August) – 19 UCI WorldTeams, 2 qualified by ranking position and 6 wild cards (27 teams of 6 riders each)
UCI WORLDTEAMS – 19
QUALIFIED BY RANKING – 2
WILD CARDS – 6