The 2006 Brixia Tour taking place in Italy from July 20-23 will line up some "big names" of the international peloton. The organisers of the event have announced that Igor Astarloa, Giuliano Figueras, Davide Rebellin, Emanuele Sella and Peter Van will be part of the 160 riders participating in the UCI-rated 2.1 stage race, which will coincide with the last days of the Tour de France this year.
The parcours of the Brixia Tour will be well-balanced as in previous years, with two summit finishes, the Passo Maniva and the Saviore dell’Adamello suited for climbers. The first stage on Thursday, July 20 will start in Concesio and conclude at the shores of Lake Garda, Toscolano Maderno, but the next day will see the riders take on the 1800 metres-high Passo Maniva. On Saturday, there will be tow half-stages before the race ends on Sunday in Palazzolo sull’Oglio.
Five ProTour teams have been announced to participate (Davitamon-Lotto, Gerolsteiner, Lampre-Fondital, Liquigas and Milram); 11 Professional teams (Ceramica Panaria-Navigare, Barloworld, Unibet.com, Acqua Sapone-Caffè Mokambo, Ceramica Flaminia, Miche, Naturino-Sapore di Mare, Team 3C Casalinghi Jet Androni Giocattoli, Team L.P.R., Team Tenax Salmilano and Selle Italia-Serramenti Diquigiovanni) and four continental teams.
Stage 1 - Thursday, July 20: Concesio - Toscolano Maderno, 177.8 km
Stage 1 - Friday, July 21: Centro Sportivo Rigamonti Buffalora - Passo Maniva, 169.2 km
Stage 3a - Saturday, July 22: Pisogne - Darfo Boario Terme, 101.8 km
Stage 3b - Saturday, July 22: Piancamuno (Planet Kart) - Saviore dell’Adamello, 62.3 km
Stage 1 - Sunday, July 23: Bassano Bresciano – Palazzolo sull’Oglio, 177.9 km