Teams are getting ready for the 199km Giro del Piemonte on Thursday. A few squads announced their rosters, including some last minute changes in their line-ups.
For Milram, Marco Velo is replacing Andrey Grivko, who is saving himself instead for the Giro di Lombardia on Saturday. In addition, German Sebastian Schwager will replace Grivko's countryman Volodymyr Diudia.
"Andrea had a full race program the last few weeks and wanted to prepare himself intensively for the challenging Giro di Lombardia," said Milram's Vittorio Algeri. "He asked us for a short racing break and we approved it. With Marco Velo and Sebastian Schwager we increase our chances in a mass sprint at the somewhat flatter Giro del Piemonte."
Ceramica Flaminia - Bossini Docce's Mikhaylo Khalilov will not start the Giro del Piemonte on Thursday. He is suffering from a fever. Instead, Maurizio Biondo will take his place.
Liquigas for Giro del Piemonte: Daniele Bennati, Leonardo Bertagnolli, Valerio Agnoli, Kjell Carlström, Vladimir Miholjevic, Matej Mugerli, Andrea Noè and Gorazd Stangelj under manager Roberto Amadio and D.S. Mario Scirea.
Milram for Giro del Piemonte: Brett Lancaster, Fabio Sabatini, Luca Barla, Marco Velo, Martin Velits, Matej Jurco, Sergio Ghisalberti, Sebastian Schwager under DS Vittorio Algeri.
Barloworld for Giro del Piemonte: Enrico Gasparotto, Diego Caccia , Patrick Calcagni , Steve Cummings, Geraint Thomas, John Lee Augustyn, Gianpaolo Cheula and Mauricio Soler under DS Alberto Volpi.
Astana for Giro del Piemonte: Chris Horner, Benoît Joachim, Roman Kireyev, Berik Kupeshov, Steve Morabito, Gregory Rast, Michael Schär and Andrey Zeits under D.S. Alexandr Shefer
Tinkoff Credit Systems for Giro del Piemonte: Pavel Brutt, Nikita Eskov, Walter Pedraza, Mikhail Ignatiev, Alexander Serov, Evgueni Petrov, Sergey Klimov and Yuahen Sobal, with Luca Mazzanti