Barloworld Valsir has once again missed out on participating in the Giro d’Italia after the organiser, RCS Sport, announced that the two wildcard invitations for this year will be Italian Continental teams Ceramica Panaria and Colombia-Selle Italia.

It’s a disappointment from a South African point of view but local fans shouldn’t be too disheartened because the team have already secured invites to some other prestigious Pro Tour events, including the first of the Spring Classics, Milan-San Remo.

A total of 22 teams with nine riders each will be at the start in Reggio di Calabria on May 7.

The 22 teams to take part are:

Bouygues Telecom (France)
Ceramiche Panaria-Navigare (Italy)
Cofidis, le credit par telephone (France)
Colombia-Selle Italia (Colombia)
Credit Agricole (France)
Davitamon-Lotto (Belgium)
Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team (USA)
Domina Vacanze (Italy)
Euskaltel (Spain)
Fassa Bortolo (Italy)
Français Des Jeux (France)
Gerolsteiner (Germany)
Illes Balears (Spain)
Lampre-Caffita (Italy)
Liberty Seguros  Wuerth Team (Spain)
Liquigas-Bianchi (Italy)
Phonak Hearing Systems (Switzerland)
Quickstep (Belgium)
Rabobank (Holland)
Saunier Duval-Prodir (Spain)
T-Mobile Team (Germany)
Ceramica Panaria
Colombia-Selle Italia
Team CSC (Denmark)