this_is_edie said:well some teams are sponsoring stages or the whole race - a good way to make sure the invitation is in the mail
Really? News to me, after Vacansoleil sponsor half the events the ASO run and yet ...
As for the line up, pretty weak as expected really; why do CTT/Saxo/Liquigas/QST/Rabo enter is my question, considering all the other teams are pro/amateur teams from the US. Do any of them have significant financial interests in the US that other teams don't? Or is it a case of them teams having significant Gt contenders whom they don't wish to send to the Giro for 3 weeks of gruelling slog and would prefer a week long holiday in the US? QST seems the most baffling, as IIRC its the same time as the Tour of Belgium, their OWN tour, and means thy may not compete on surely their most significant 1-week stage race (in terms of territory). Or is it them not wanting to havwe Boonen/Gilbert et al not hyped up by the belgium press.
Liquigas I suppose is understandable, they can't send ALL FOUR of their Gc contenders/team leaders to the Giro, that would be overkill, although I for one would love to see them do that for the TDF, and between this and the TOB they probably have little finances involved anywhere