By Gregor Brown
American Tyler Hamilton, currently racing in the Tour Méditerranéen, has confirmed himself for the startlist of the 44th Trofeo Laigueglia, February 20. According to tuttobiciweb.com, he will back up his Tinkoff Credit Systems teammates over in the 183 kilometres that mark the Corsa Ligure.
Hamilton, with a Liège-Bastogne-Liège in his palmarès, could be a man for victory over the rolling finishing, with two passes of the Passo del Ginestro (670m) and the Passo del Balestrino (690m). The Balestrino leaves 32 kilometres to the line, which will suit riders with a strong sprint. Hamilton will be up against ambitious Italians who will look to score in this prestigious event.
Last year's winner, Alessandro Ballan (Lampre-Fondital), is seemingly in good form after leading his teammate Daniele Bennati in the Tour Med, and he will be honing his skills for Milano-Sanremo and the northern Classics, along with Filippo Pozzato (Liquigas). Pippo, a two-time winner in Laigueglia, will have the backing from teammate Danilo Di Luca along the Piemonte Rivera.