Italian super sprinter Alessandro Petacchi will return to racing at this Saturday's 11th GP Costa degli Etruschi in Donoratico, Italy. The Milram rider won the race last year, and will be again the man to beat, despite his lack of racing so far this season. His challengers include Luciano Pagliarini, Danilo Napolitano, Fabio Baldato, Daniele Colli and Enrico Degano.
A total of 16 teams will take part in the race, including four ProTour teams: Liquigas, Lampre, Saunier Duval-Prodir and Team Milram), nine Pro Continental teams: Acqua&Sapone, Barloworld, Ceramiche Flaminia, Miche, Naturino-Sapore di mare, Team Androni giocattoli-3C Casalinghi, Team Tenax-Salmilano, Team Vorarlberg), and four Continental teams: Amore&Vita, OTC Doors-Lauretana, Team Endeka, Team Universal Caffé - CB immobiliare).
The start GP Costa degli Etruschi will take place on Saturday at 10:45 from San Vincenzo. The finish is predicted for around 4:00pm in the centre of Donoratico, after 193 km.