While part of Team Barloworld is racing in the Giro d'Italia, another arm will be leading the charge in Spain, for the Clásica a Alcobendas, May 10 to 11. Australia's Baden Cooke and Italy's Diego Caccia are making their race returns after forced stops during their Classics campaigns.
The three-stage Spanish race comprises 320.90 kilometres in two days.
Cooke will be rebuilding his racing strength follow his crash in the Paris-Roubaix, where he went on to finish 31st. Caccia, who was taken out of action with a crash in the Driedaagse De Panne-Koksijde, confirmed to Cyclingnews his desire to return to racing. The 26 year-old from Bergamo fractured a rib on his left side just over one month ago, but was in good spirits when contacted at home last night.
In addition to Cooke and Caccia, the team will field Robert Hunter, Giampaolo Cheula, Marco Corti, Chris Froome, Daryl Impey and Moisés Dueñas. (GB)