CSF Group-Navigare riders will race the Settimana Internazionale Coppi e Bartali starting on March 24 and running through March 28. The UCI 2.1-ranked stage race will take place in the areas of Rimini, Ravenna, Bologna, Reggio Emilia and Modena. The team will be extra motivated as the race passes through the region where some of its sponsors are located and also where director sportif Roberto Reverberi's family lives.
Abel Richeze and Tiziano Dall'Antonia are looking forward to possible sprint finishes, while Domenico Pozzovivo, Mauro Finetto and Fortunato Baliani are aiming for strong GC results with the hilly stages like the ones ending in Faenza and Sassuolo. The finish in Serramazzoni may see a breakaway succeed, so riders like Marco Frapporti, Federico Canuti and Alan Marangoni will be ready to take advantage of any such opportunities.
CSF Group-Navigare for Settimana Internazionale Coppi e Bartali: Domenico Pozzovivo, Fortunato Baliani, Federico Canuti, Tiziano Dall'Antonia, Alan Marangoni, Mauro Abel Richeze, Marco Frapporti, Mauro Finetto under directors Roberto Reverberi and Giuseppe Lanzoni
Lastras off for two weeks
Caisse d'Epargne's Pablo Lastras will have to rest for the next 15 days before he can resume riding again on his home trainer. X-rays taken at a hospital in Madrid confirmed that Lastras, a victim of a crash during the fourth stage of Tirreno-Adriatico, suffered a fracture of his second, upper right rib.
"I will respect this period of inactivity which is very important so that the mending of the rib happen perfectly and not compromise my participation in the 100th Giro d'Italia, which is the main goal of my season," Lastras said Friday.