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Katusha denied entry to Giro d'Italia

Cycling

Milan - The Russian team Katusha, featuring top-ranked Joaquin Rodriguez has been denied a wild-card entry into the Giro d'Italia.

Organizers RCS announced four wild-card entries on Tuesday for the May 4-26 race: Italian teams Androni Giocattoli, Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox and Vini Fantini, plus South American squad Colombia.

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Katusha Team's Joaquin "Purito" Rodriguez (L) of Spain cycles during the ninth stage of the Tour of Spain "La Vuelta" cycling race between Andorra and Barcelona, August 26, 2012. REUTERS/Felix Ordonez (SPAIN - Tags: SPORT CYCLING)

The 18 UCI Pro Teams received automatic invitations.

Katusha has filed a suit in the Court of Arbitration for Sport against the UCI's refusal of its application for the 2013 World Tour.

RCS said Katusha was considered as a professional continental team.

Rodriguez has said he will leave Katusha if it is not admitted to the World Tour.

Last year, Rodriguez was runner-up in the Giro to Ryder Hesjedal of Canada.

RCS did invite Katusha to the Tirreno-Adriatico, Milan-San Remo and Il Lombardia. - Sapa-AP

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