Efimkin back for Giro di Trentino
Team Barloworld's Alexander Efimkin has recovered after his elbow injury caused by a crash in Belgium, and Dr Marino Archetti has given him the green light to race again. However, as a precautionary measure, the team staff have decided not to put him in the squad that will ride Sunday's Amstel Gold Race in Holland. Instead he will ride the Giro d'Oro and the Giro di Trentino stage race in the north of Italy and then may travel to Belgium for Liege-Bastogne-Liege on April 23.
Team Barloworld will be directed by Alberto Volpi at the three UCI ProTour classics, with a strong team based around former world champion Igor Astarloa. The riders selected are: Giampaolo Cheula, Ryan Cox, Diego Caccia, Mauro Facci, Tiaan Kannemeyer, Hugo Sabido and Tom Southam. The same riders will ride Fleche-Wallonne race on Wednesday, April 19, while Pedro Arreitunandia will take the place of Diego Caccia for Liege-Bastogne-Liege.
Efimkin will test his form at the Giro d'Oro one-day raced on April 16. The team will be directed by Valerio Tebaldi with Pedro Arreitunandia, Felix Cardenas, Mads Christensen, Rodney Green, Jeremy Maartens, James Perry and Amets Txurruka wearing the red Team Barloworld jersey. The same riders - except for Maartens and Green replaced by sprinters Giosue Bonomi and Enrico Degano - will also ride the Giro del Trentino between April 18-21.