An identical Liquigas-Bianchi squad to that taking part in the Volta a la Comunidad Valenciana will also race in the 20th edition of the Clasica de Almeria next Sunday, 27 February. The team is composed of Stefano Garzelli, Franco Pellizotti and Magnus Bäckstedt with Brazilian sprinter Pagliarini, Andriotto, Gerosa, Milesi and Sironi. They will be led by Stefano Zanatta.
"I have achieved five good performances up to now: twice second, twice third and once fourth in nine days of races," said Pellizotti, who is hungry for a win. "Next Monday it will be a year since my last victory and I would like to celebrate it with another win as soon as possible."