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Fedeli decries Gazprom-RusVelo’s exclusion from racing

Fedeli decries Gazprom-RusVelo's exclusion from racing

Alessandro Fedeli at the Tour of Antalya (Image credit: SprintCyclingAgency) On Tuesday, the UCI followed the recommendation of the Olympic Committee and suspended all teams…

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Alessandro Fedeli at the Tour of Antalya (Image credit: SprintCyclingAgency)

On Tuesday, the UCI followed the recommendation of the Olympic Committee and suspended all teams registered in Russia or Belarus over the invasion of Ukraine. The announcement came on the eve of the Trofeo Laigueglia , where Gazprom-RusVelo – sponsored by the majority state-owned Russian energy concern – were due to take the start. Alessandro Fedeli hoped to celebrate his birthday racing with the team on his home soil, instead, the team – who hoped to race in unbranded jerseys – were turned away by the UCI .

Meanwhile, at the start, Drone Hopper-Androni Giocattoli took the stage to sign on all wearing the Ukraine national champion jersey in support of their young teammate Andrii Ponomar, 19, who did not compete in the race.

Fedeli, who signed for Gazprom-RusVelo after the demise of his former Delko team, pointed out the hypocrisy of the UCI allowing Russian and Belarusian nationals on foreign teams to continue racing, but international riders on his Russian team are excluded.

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"I would like to know at this point why the Russian riders of the German or British teams can continue to race. It is a measure that feeds hatred, in an environment that is used to mixing nationalities," Fedeli said to Bici.pro .

"In our team there are Italians, Russians, […]

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