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Why did so many top teams decide not to ride the Giro?

T-Mobile
Quick Step-Davitamon Illes Balears-Banesto
Cofidis
Rabobank
Liberty Seguros
US Postal -Berry Floor
CSC
Euskaltel-Euskadi


All turned down a change to compete in the Giro. Instead we get these div 2 teams:

Acqua & Sapone-Caffè Mokambo
Formaggi Pinzolo Fiavè
Ceramiche Panaria - Margres
Domina Vacanze
Tenax
Colombia-Selle Italia
Comunidad Valenciana-Kelme

It seems to me that the Giro has lost its appeal as a top tour.
 

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That's a real shame. The Giro is a great race and has been, IMHO, more interesting than the Tour lately. I assume it is an issue of the sponsers for non-Italian teams wanting to do better in the more publicized TDF.
 
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