Liberty Seguros has announced its roster for the Clásica de Alcobendas from May 6-7. The 2.1, three-stage race in the Madrid area will see Carlos Abellán, Assan Bazayev, Aaron Kemps, Jose Antonio Redondo, Jose Joaquín Rojas, Eladio Sanchez, Luis León Sanchez and Iván Santos line up. Luis León Sanchez will be aiming for the overall victory after taking the wins in the time trial these last couple of years. The young Spaniard is eager to get his first victory after four second placings achieved in the first part of the season.
Team Barloworld will also be participating at the event this week-end. "We’re disappointed we’re not at the Giro d’Italia but our season continues," said team manager Claudio Corti. "Team Barloworld is developing and showing we deserve a place in the ProTour. That’s the goal we’re working towards." Corti is firing up his riders for the Clásica de Alcobendas, which includes a flat stage, an uphill finish and a final time trial.
Team leader Igor Astarloa, who rode well in the similar Criterium International in France in early April, will be racing at home in Spain - which might give him the bit of luck needed to break his bad spell after his first success at Milan-Turin in Italy in early March. But Astarloa will not be the only leader of the Barloworld team in Spain. Both Pedro Arreitunandia and Felix Cardenas can get a result on the uphill finish. The team in Spain will be directed by Alberto Volpi and will also include Diego Caccia, Mauro Facci, Rodney Green, James Perry, Tom Southam and Amets Txurruka.