Danilo Di Luca's 2005 season will begin with Milano-Torino on March 5, 2005. The Italian Liquigas-Bianchi rider starts racing again after a long training camp in Toluca, Mexico, involving 26 days of high altitude training alongside three teammates. Lquigas-Bianchi will line-up at Milano-Torino with Enrico Gasparotto, Vladimir Miholjevic, Devis Miorin, Matej Mugerli, Andrea Noè and Marco Righetto.
"I look forward to riding again after a long time abroad," said Di Luca, for whom 2005 is an important season. "In Mexico we've been training very well and we've had a good understanding. Now it's time to enjoy the results of our work," he added. After the 184 km-long Milano-Torino, Di Luca will be present at all main Italian races in March: he will participate in the Giro della Provincia di Lucca, the Tirreno-Adriatico and Milano-Sanremo.
Italian team Lampre-Caffita has also announced its line-up for Milano-Torino, an UCI rated HC event.Cyclo-crosser Enrico Franzoi will test his road racing skills there, as well as Giosuè Bonomi, GianLuca Bortolami, Giuliano Figueras, Paolo Fornaciari, Olexandr Kvachuk, Samuele Marzoli, Andreas Matzbacher and Michele Scotto d'Abusco. Damiano Cunego is riding at the Vuelta a Murcia, and Gilberto Simoni will start at Paris-Nice this Sunday.