There will be no racing for Team RadioShack and Lance Armstrong in this year’s edition of the Giro d’Italia, as organizers prepare to anounce the invited teams that will be seeing action in the 2010 Giro this coming May 8.
In the previous weeks prior to this event, Team RadioShack manager Johan Bruyneel had publicly expressed his hopes of getting an invitation for the team to join in the Giro this year. Lance Armstrong’s plans of racing in the Tour of California, however, may have played a role in failing to secure an invite from the organizers, since it would appear that the team was not particularly focusing its sights on the Giro hard enough.
Lance Armstrong’s deteriorating relationship with race director Angelo Zomegnan certainly did not help matters any. Zomegnan and Armstrong clashed when the American rider paticipated in the 2009 edition of the Giro d’Italia as an Astana rider. Other cyclists had been complaining about safety concerns during the race and brought Armstrong into the mix, but Zomegnan seemed to zero in on the American specifically and even lashed out at him during an interview.
Armstrong was also planning to race in the recently-concluded Milan-San Remo classic, but had to pull out just several hours before the race started due to illness. Armstrong’s participation in the Italian classic might have helped Team RadioShack improve its chances of getting in the Giro, although it was not a certainty.
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