Stefano Garzelli’s 2005 season will start in Spain on Saturday. The 2000 Giro d’Italia winner will race the first time for his new team Liquigas-Bianchi at the Trofeo Luis Puig alongside Franco Pellizotti, back from a good second place in the Trofeo Laigueglia, and the Swedish Magnus Bäckstedt. Sprinter Luciano Pagliarini, Dario Andriotto, Mauro Gerosa, Marco Milesi and Gianluca Sironi will complete the team, also taking part in the Vuelta Comunidad Valenciana from February 22-26 and in the Clasica de Almeria on February 27.
"I feel quite good, even if a stomach ache has spoiled my last days of training," Garzelli said. "By now my purpose is to find the right rhythm and these Spanish races are ideal for me. I must not repeat the last year’s mistakes when I attained my best between March and April. I want to reach the top for the Giro d’Italia."