LPR and Team Volksbank will both be deprived of their leaders at the upcoming Trofeo Laigueglia, taking place next Tuesday in the Italian region of Liguria. LPR's Daniele Nardello, as well as Volksbank's Gerhard Trampusch are both tied to their beds with a flu, which has influenced the choice of riders both teams have made.
LPR will therefore send Maurizio Bellin, Paolo Bailetti, Luca Celli, Borut Bozic, Marco Marcato, Walter Proch, Roberto Traficante and Luca Solari to the race, and sports director Mario Manzoni is confident that the team will be able to put their training into practise. "These last few days, we had the opportunity to get to know each other more," he said. "We sat down and checked each rider's form. The guys worked out well, both power- and endurance-wise. We seem ready to race, and Laigueglia will be a good test in this sense."
Team Volksbank will have to do without captain Gerhard Trampusch at Trofeo Laigueglia on Tuesday. "Now we have to improvise," said teammate Harald Morscher. "We want a rider in the first group, no matter where that rider finishes." The team hopes to do better than it did last year, when only one rider from the Austrian Continental Professional team finished the race.
Volksbank for Trofeo Laigueglia: Pascal Hungerbühler, Florian Stalder, Simon Schärer, Rene Weissinger, Andreas Matzbacher, Harald Morscher, Patrick Riedesser and Werner Riebenbauer.