- Article published:
- March 22, 2005, 00:00
- Hedwig Kröner
Various teams have announced their line-ups for the Settimana Internazionale Coppi e Bartali, which...
Various teams have announced their line-ups for the Settimana Internazionale Coppi e Bartali, which starts tomorrow in Riccione, Italy.
Quick.Step's Paolo Bettini enters the Coppi-Bartoli week with his form apparently improving after an animated ride in Milan - San Remo at the weekend. He will be supported by Ad Engels, JosÃ© Antonio Garrido, JosÃ© Antonio Pecharroman, Filippo Pozzato, Michael Rogers, Patrik Sinkewitz, and Jurgen Van Goolen.
The Liquigas-Bianchi team is treating the Coppi-Bartoli week as the first step in its lead-up to the Giro d'Italia, and will be led by its likely Giro leaders 2000 Giro winner Stefano Garzelli and Dario Cioni. They will be supported by Franco Pellizotti and Andrea NoÃ© with Brazilian sprinter Luciano Pagliarini and Devis Miorin, Vladimir Miholjevic and Charly Wegelius.
"We are taking part in the 'Settimana Coppi e Bartali' with a competitive squad," team managing director Roberto Amadio said in a statement. "We can be a key player, especially in the hardest stages, with Pellizotti (in great condition since the very beginning of the season), Garzelli, Cioni and NoÃ©."
After Coppi-Bartoli, Garzelli, Cioni, NoÃ© and Miholjevic will spend time in the Dolomites familiarizing themselves with the climbs of the 2005 Giro.
The Barloworld - Valsir will field Roger Beuchat, Matteo Carrara, Marco Cavallari, Luca Celli, Enrico Degano, Darren Lill, Jeremy Maartens, and Eddy Serri.
Stage 1a - March 22: Riccione - Riccione, 95.2 km
Stage 1b - March 22: Misano Adriatico - Misano Adriatico, 12 km TTT
Stage 2 - March 23: Riccione - Faenza, 206.9 km
Stage 3 - March 24: Finale Emilia - Finale Emilia, 184.1 km
Stage 4 - March 25: Fiorano Modenese - Serramazzoni, 152.4 km
Stage 5 - March 26: Castellarano - Sassuolo, 170.3 km