We know that the TdF is the 'big one' for all road race riders and fans but the Giro is also very good and as far as I could see was improving each year. Now they have deliberately overlooked four of the pro tour teams because they, like ASO, consider that it's their race and the elected world body, UCI, should not interfere. As we've seen in the TDU, the arrival of the pro tour teams has raised the level so much that they are now endeavouring to arrange a more demanding course for next year to conteract so many sprint finishes. So the Giro are prepared to lower the standard of the race just to show the UCI that it is more important than them. Who is the loser, everyone, the top riders, the fans, the race organisers, the sponsors and everyone who follows and supports the sport. They say 'drugs' is having an adverse affect on cyclings credibility, which is true, but the grand tour companies are compounding the problem!!!!!!!!