The Liquigas team, which already scored one early season win at the Tour du Haut Var, thanks to Filippo Pozzato, is hoping for a repeat performance this weekend. Pozzato will head the green and blue squad in the Belgian season openers, Omloop Het Volk and Kuurne-Bruxelles-Kuurne. He'll be joined by Francesco Chicchi, Mauro Da Dalto, Murilo Fischer, Aliaksandr Kuchynski, Roberto Petito, Manuel Quinziato and Alessandro Vanotti, along with team manager Mario Scirea.
Pozzato, the winner of last year's Milan-Sanremo, said his form is coming along, and he is hoping for some sunny weather in Belgium. "I've spent a quiet week concentrating on training," said Pozzato. "Sensations are good. What about my purpose? I will try to stay in the heart of the race ready to take my chance of succeeding. Well, I will look for victory but it won't be the end of the world if I don't win. The weather could play a key role: I prefer the sun but I know well the tricks of the 'Belgian climate.' If it is raining I will try to make the best of a bad situation."