February 16, 2008 (San Luis Obispo, California) — Reversing an earlier decision, RCS Sport has invited Team High Road to the 2008 Giro according to a recent press release. “After careful and diligent review, RCS Sport is glad to confirm its confidence in Team High Road and its promising riders, and invite the new USA-registered team to our races starting, in chronological order, with Monte Paschi Eroica on March 3rd, Tirreno Adriatico, Milano- San Remo, Giro d’Italia, Giro del Lazio, Giro del Piemonte e Giro di Lombardia,” said Angelo Zomegnan, the director general of RCS Sport in the release. Canada’s Michael Barry rides for Team High Road’s men’s team.
As reported on February 3, four ProTour teams (Astana, High Road, Credit Agricole and Bouygues Telecom) were snubbed by RCS when it sent out invitations. While High Road has now received an invitation, there are no indications of a change of status for the other three teams – read more here. Last week, Tour de France organizer, ASO excluded Astana from its invitation list but included High Road.
Another recent press release from High Road highlights that team’s partnership with the charitable group, Right to Play. Canadian Clara Hughes, a notable cyclist and speed skater, is among other athletes promoting this charity – read more here.