Totale energia diretta rifiutata al Giro d’Italia 2020
The Total Direct Énergie team has confirmed that it has turned down the chance to ride the 2020 Giro d’Italia, despite securing an automatic invitation, so it can focus on other objectives during the season.
The French team topped the Professional Continental rankings in 2019, securing an automatic invitation to all the 2020 WorldTour races. However with a roster of just 24 riders, Total Direct Énergie has admitted it cannot be successful if it tries to compete in a full WorldTour calendar. Instead, the team will carefully choose its goals and race programme.
The team did not reveal which, if any, other WorldTour races it will decide to miss during the 2020 season. It is expected to focus on the Tour de France, ride the Vuelta a España as a second Grand Tour and select other races to suit 2018 Tour of Flanders winner Niki Terpstra, Frenchman Lilian Calmejane and Italian sprinter Niccolò Bonifazio.
It is likely the team will focus on the French Cup races on home soil rather than travel long distances to some WorldTour races, with a number coming during the Giro, including the ProSeries race GP de Plumelec-Morbihan.
Calmejane and other riders were forced to chase ranking points in the second half of the 2019 season and so will likely have a less intense race programme in 2020.
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