Following the announcement of the 14 overseas teams earlier in May (although it had been an open secret for several months prior to that) the Italian team qualifying process ended yesterday, 12 May.
The top 16 Italian teams in the season-to-date ranking – which takes Italian and overseas race performances into account, as well as a ‘trade’ team’s National selections and results – will be on the start line in Riccione on 13 June. The rules had initially allowed for 15 Italian teams and 1 regional selection, but this is understood to have been changed by the FCI in recent days.
Big winners on the final weekend of qualifying were Team Franco Ballerini, who rose from 16th to 9th thanks in part to Manuel Bellori’s 10th place at the GP Industrie del Marmo.
GS Maltinti Lampadari were sitting on 28 points prior to the final weekend and therefore in the final qualification spot, but now do not appear in the rankings at all. Since Team Franco Ballerini had overtaken on the line, then this may of course be academic.
The full rankings as published by the FCI on 13 May 2019 are:
The Giro d’Italia Giovani begins on 13 June with a prologue time trial in Riccione.
(This article has been updated to reflect the change from selecting 15 Italian club/conti teams to 16.)