For the fifth round of the 2006 Women's World Cup, Nobili Rubinetterie Menikini Cogeas has announced that Edita Pucinskaite will be leading the team at the Tour de Berne on Sunday, April 23. Finishing sixth last Sunday at the Flèche Wallonne, Pucinskaite has a lot of racing intelligence according to team director Walter Zini.
"There are many ways to interpret a race, but Edita belongs to those who do it best," Zini said. "We're getting out of the Ardennes with good morale, knowing that we delivered excellent work. Pucinskaite is growing as the race program unfolds, and her teammates, too."
The Lithuanian will therefore lead her team into the Tour de Berne and the following Gracia Orlova stage race, beginning in the Czech Republic on April 27. "Our goal will be to go for the classification, but we have many possibilities especially now that Gollan, Corneo and Oki have a good pedal stroke," Zini continued. "We expect to get a good result." ´Between the two competitions, Nobili Rubinetterie Menikini Cogeas will also be represented at the Gran Premio Liberazione on April 25 with the following riders: Silvia Valsecchi, Elodie Touffet and the young Bertolo, Azzini, Borchi, Pirola and Prandi.