Team Barloworld’s final race of the 2006 season will be the ‘94.7’ race in South Africa on November 19 but like all the major ProTour teams, Barloworld is getting ready for the Giro del Piemonte on Thursday and then the 100th edition of the autumn ProTour classic the Tour of Lombardy. “We want to end the season well and not only because the Tour of Lombardy is a prestigious race and part of the ProTour,” Team manager Claudio Corti says. “We know it’s a tough race but we’re sure some of our riders, including Efimkin and Cardenas, can do well.”
Team Barloworld will field the same team for both Piemonte and Lombardy, with the only change being the directeur sportif: Valerio Tebaldi will be in charge for Piemonte, while Alberto Volpi will take over for Lombardy. The eight riders are: Pedro Arreitunandia, Diego Caccia, Felix Cardenas, Alex Efimkin, Mauro Facci, Tiaan Kannemeyer, James Perry and Hugo Sabido.
“It’s a good team that can end a good season on a high,” Corti says. “We’ve been in the action and results in lots of races this year and we want to end the season with another good result so that we’re motivated to work hard through the winter ready for 2007. We want to do even better and hope to be part of the ProTour.”