Italian teams have announced their rosters for the 43rd edition of the Trofeo Laigueglia, taking place on Valentine's Day (February 14). For the Continental Pro team Naturino-Sapore di Mare will be competing: Valerio Agnoli, Alexander Bazhenov, Stefan Cohnen, Paul Crake, Antonio Murilo Fischer, Massimo Giunti, Martin Mares and Luigi Sestili. Directeur sportif Antonio Salutini is hopeful that some of his riders will be up front in the event.
"The Trofeo Laigueglia is traditionally a hard race," Salutini said. "But we have riders who already turn their legs well, like the Russian Bazhenov and the Australian Crake. Also Murilo Fischer is getting better every day; I could see that in the Tour Mediterranéen."
ProTeam Lampre-Fondital will be represented by the following riders at the UCI-rated 1.1 race: Alessandro Ballan, Daniele Bennati, Matteo Bono, Salvatore Commesso, Claudio Corioni, Giuliano Figueras, David Loosli and Evgueni Petrov.
Another Italian team, Miche, has also revealed its participating riders. Seweryn Kohut, Przemyslaw Niemiec, Pasquale Muto, Maurizio Carta, Armando Rupa, Mauro Gerosa and Alejandro Alberto Borrajo will be looking to support Antonio D'Aniello if it comes down to a sprint: the Italian proved to be in good form in the last stage of the Tour Mediterranéen, where he finished fourth just behind Erik Zabel in Sanremo.
Finally, Acqua&Sapone will take Alexander Arkeev, Gabriele Balducci, Alessandro Donati, Andrea Masciarelli, Rinaldo Nocentini, Giuseppe Palumbo, Andrea Rossi and Kanstantsin Siutsou to Laigueglia.