The Liquigas-Bianchi team has announced what it describes as a "four-wheel drive" squad for the Tour de France, built around Stefano Garzelli, Dario David Cioni, Franco Pellizotti, and Magnus Backstedt. The team believes these four will be stage win contenders in all situations, with Garzelli and Cioni also going for general classification honours.
"I'm sure we will leave a mark on the Tour," said general manager Roberto Amadio who will lead the team together with Dario Mariuzzo and Roberto Damiani. "Indeed, the group is well-balanced and is ready to fight for victory in all the stages. Moreover, Stefano Garzelli and Dario David Cioni are going to climb the overall ranking. The rider from Varese, who is back from an unlucky Giro d'Italia, is especially longing for revenge."
The full Tour line-up is: Stefano Garzelli, Dario David Cioni, Franco Pellizotti, Magnus Backstedt, Luciano Pagliarini, Michael Albasini, Kjell Carlström, Mauro Gerosa, and Marcus Ljungqvist. Patrick Calcagni is the first reserve.