Italian team Liquigas is optimistic about the upcoming races. The latest wins by Stefano Garzelli at the Tour of Luxembourg and of Matej Mugerli at the Volta a Catalunya have reassured the team. The expert rider from Varese and the young Slovenian will captain two squads at the next-up Tour de Suisse and Tour of Slovenia respectively.
In Slovenia (from Thursday 8th to Sunday June 11th), 25 year-old Matej Mugerli will race on his home turf. Magnus Backstedt, Roman Kreuziger, Dario Andriotto, Eros Capecchi and Alberto Curtolo will be with him, under the watchful eye of team manager Mario Scirea.
In Switzerland (from Saturday 10th to Sunday June 18th), Stefano Zanatta will lead an aggressive team that features a mix of riders who are back from the Giro d’Italia and some riders who will race the Tour de France. The centre of attention will be Stefano Garzelli, who scored two wins this season already and likes the Swiss stage race very much, as the 33 year-old took the overall win in 1998 as well as four stage wins. He will be helped by Swiss Michael Albasini and Stefano Zanini, also victorious in the Tour de Suisse in the past, as well as Kjell Carlström, Dario Cioni, Luca Paolini, Franco Pellizotti and Charles Wegelius.