Team Milram and Acqua & Sapone-Caffè Mokambo named their nine-men squads to compete in the centennial Giro d'Italia. The three-week stage race starts with a team time trial Saturday in Venice.
Team Milram: The German team will be led by Robert Förster and Markus Fothen, each seeking stage wins, and the climber Thomas Rohregger, the 2008 Tour of Austria winner and the squad's general classification hopeful. The remainder of the roster includes Germans Thomas Fothen, Martin Müller, Matthias Ruß, Ronny Scholz and Björn Schröder and Italian Luca Barla.
"I have made a lot of plans for the Giro and hope for a good placing in the overall ranking," said Rohregger, who will be making his debut at the Giro d'Italia. "I am totally healthy and felt strong at the Tour de Romandie. In addition, I will be especially motivated for the stages which go through my Tyrolian homeland. The Giro is my first Grand Tour and is certainly a highlight for every rider."
Acqua & Sapone-Caffè Mokambo: Stefano Garzelli, the 2000 Giro d'Italia champion, will lead the team with the support of Dario Andriotto, Massimo Codol, Alessandro Donati, Francesco Failli, Ruggero Marzoli, Andrea Masciarelli, Francesco Masciarelli and Giuseppe Palumbo.
"We have a very united team," said Bruno Cenghialta, directeur sportif. "We completed our choices after the last two races in Tuscany and we believe heavily in this squad. Garzelli is in shape and has a competitive team to support him. Francesco Masciarelli, making his Giro d'Italia debut, is very motivated . Since it is his first Giro experience there will not be any particular pressure placed on him."