Some of cycling's big names will take part in the five-stage Bresciana stage race, the Brixia tour on July 20-23. Emanuele Sella (Panaria) and David Rebellin (Gerolsteiner) will ride alongside Peter Van Petegem (Davitamon-Lotto), Igor Astarloa (Barloworld), Franco Pellizotti (Liquigas) and Giuliano Figueras (Lampre-Fondital). 160 riders from 20 nations will take part.
The Tour organisers also plan to pay homage to the memory of three past champions, Marco Pantani, Alessio Galletti and Denis Zanette. Organisers will also make donations to local charities, the Centro Sociale di Rovato and the Centro Don Orione di Bergamo.
The race includes some tough mountain stages and has a split stage on Saturday.
Stage 1 - July 20: Concesio - Toscolano Maderno, 178 kms
Stage 2 - July 21: Brescia - Buffalora - Passo Maniva , 169kms
Stage 3 - July 22: Pisogne - Darfo Boario Terme, 102 kms
Stage 4 - July 22: Pian Camuno - Saviore dell'Adamello, 62 kms
Stage 5 - July 23: Bassano Bresciano - Manerbio - Palazzolo sull'Oglio, 178 kms