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CSC Saxo Bank among teams concluding season at Lombardia

By:
Gregor Brown in Baveno, Italy
Published:
October 18, 2008, 0:00 BST,
Updated:
April 20, 2009, 21:55 BST
Edition:
First Edition Cycling News, October 18, 2008

Team CSC Saxo Bank is one of many teams that will close the books on its 2008 season on Saturday at...

Team CSC Saxo Bank is one of many teams that will close the books on its 2008 season on Saturday at the 102nd edition of the Giro di Lombardia in Italy. The race, which took place for the first time in 1905 under the name Milan-Milan, will be starting in Varese this year after having begun in Vendrisio in Switzerland for the last few years. On the way round Lago di Como, riders will attack the Madonna del Ghisallo, Civiglio and S'Germo della Battaglia before the race is decided in Como after 242 kilometers.

"Our guys are fired up and ready for this challenge. Alexandr Kolobnev is absolutely amongst the favorites and both Karsten Kroon and Gustav Larsson are also very keen on doing well, also Chris Anker Sørensen has recovered fully after being ill this weekend," said Kim Andersen according to teamcsc-saxobank.com.

The team has a history of good results at the race including fourth by Andy Schleck and 11th by Kolobnev last year as well as seventh in 2006 and third in 2005 by Fränk Schleck in 2006.

Historically the race has been won by Italian riders for 66 editions. Last time a non-Italian rider won the race was Raimundas Rumsas in 2000. 167 riders are set to line up on Saturday morning.

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