The Italian women have seen the course for the World Championships Stuttgart, Germany, and according to their coach, "I don't have a rider with the potential to win in Stuttgart."
Edoardo Salvoldi and riders Noemi Cantele, Giorgia Bronzini and Vera Carrera visited the course this week. The women rode two laps of the road race and one lap of the time trial course.
Salvoldi said that he doubted any of his riders could pull off a surprise here. Fabiana Luperini "prepares very well for the World Championships every year, and has problems every time," he said. "We've got a very young [19 years-old] highly talented rider in Marta Bastianelli. But, no, she won't be causing any surprises."
The coach concluded, "It's a course for the men. Bettini, Cunego, Rebellin are my favourites."