Several teams announced their line-ups for the Giro della Provincia di Grosseto, a category 2.1 race which will run from February 13-15 in Italy.
At Liquigas, all eyes will be on Daniele Bennati, the team's best bet for saving energy to power through the final kilometers. "We have selected a team able to support him, but we know it is premature to expect everyone to be in top condition. Some have already trained many kilometers, but at this point in the season, we've done little racing," said Directeur Sportif Dario Mariuzzo.
"We will try to take advantage of all opportunities over the three days. For example, a climber like Valerio Agnoli, will let us play a role on the ascents."
Team CSF Group-Navigare will head directly from its training camp in Massa Marittima to the start of the race. The team's duo of Mauro Finetto and Marco Frapporti has great ambitions for the race.
"I'm training well," said Frapporti, "and I hope to obtain some good results. Only the last stage will be little bit hard, and maybe Finetto will be able to ride better than me."
Liquigas for Giro della Provincia di Grosseto: Daniele Bennati, Valerio Agnoli, Maciej Bodnar, Claudio Corioni, Murilo Fischer, Aleksandr Kuschynski and Fabio Sabatini.
Katusha for Giro della Provincia di Grosseto: Pavel Brutt, Mikhail Ignatiev, Denis Galimzyanov, Evgeni Petrov, Alexander Serov, Luca Mazzanti, Ben Swift and Maxime Vantomme.
CSF Group-Navigare for Giro della Provincia di Grosseto: Mauro Finetto, Marco Frapporti, Filippo Savini, Mauro Abel Richeze, Enrico Zen, Marcello Pavarin, Simone Stortoni, Alessandro Bisolti