Mario Scirea, who retired at the end of last season, will have his first experience as team director for Liquigas-Bianchi at the 42nd Trofeo Laigueglia next Tuesday, February 15. Scirea, a well known gregario and one of Cipollini's best friends, is ready to throw himself into this new adventure. "I'm excited, I can't hide it," he said. "After 16 years of professional cycling I'm about to start all over again offering my experience to the team, specially to the young riders. I quit cycling just a few months ago and I already miss the bike. That's why I have decided to join the staff of an important team like Liquigas-Bianchi."
The Liquigas-Bianchi team will be led by Franco Pellizotti and Andrea Noé, with Patrick Calcagni, Kjell Carlström, Daniele Colli, Mauro Gerosa, Oscar Mason and Matej Mugerli completing the squad.