Liquigas will make its European debut on Saturday in Donoratico, racing the GP Costa degli Etruschi. The team consists of a balanced mix of riders, with 23 year-old Daniele Colli the designated man for a bunch sprint.
"Actually, we're likely to aim at second place as Petacchi will also take part in the race," said Colli. "Alessandro is going to react to the series of wins posted by Boonen in Qatar, but if I have the chance to hit my first win as a pro, I'll take it."
The rest of the team includes Andrea Noè, Eros Capecchi, Dario Andriotto, Mauro Da Dalto, Francesco Failli, Marco Righetto and Charles Wegelius. The team will be managed by Mario Chiesa.