As expected, Italian team Lampre-Fondital will have a big contingent at the Italian national championships in Gorizia. Alessandro Ballan, Daniele Bennati, Matteo Bono, Marzio Bruseghin, Matteo Carrara, Claudio Corioni, Giuliano Figueras, Enrico Franzoi, Marco Marzano, Ruggero Marzoli, Danilo Napolitano, Morris Possoni, and Daniele Righi will all race. Also, Evgeni Petrov will be doing the time trial and road race in Russia, while Tadej Valjavec will race the Slovenian road race, and David Loosli the Swiss road race championships.
On the Italian front, Salvatore Commesso won't be able to go for his third victory in national championships after having a training accident recently. Commesso, hit by a car, suffered a dislocated left shoulder with a micro-fracture of the collar bone. He may still be able to take part in the Tour de France, but won't know until next Monday at the earliest.