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Two world champions to race Coppa Lella Mentasti

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Cycling News
Published:
October 15, 2006, 1:00 BST,
Updated:
April 20, 2009, 23:31 BST
Edition:
First Edition Cycling News for October 15, 2006

World road and time trial champions Paolo Bettini (Quick Step/Innergetic) and Fabian Cancellara...

World road and time trial champions Paolo Bettini (Quick Step/Innergetic) and Fabian Cancellara (Team CSC) will be joined by Italian sprinter Alessandro Petacchi (Team Milram) and their teammates at this year's edition of the Coppa Lella Mentasti team time trial tomorrow. Eighteen two man teams will cover a 52.1 km route in two laps of a circuit that starts and finishes in Borgomanero and passes through Suno, Cavaglio, Fontaneto, and Cureggio therefore of new Borgomanero.

Last year's winner Ivan Basso (Team CSC) will not defend his title, but he will be on hand to sign autographs and mingle with fans. Basso, recently cleared of doping allegations after the Italian Olympic Committee's prosecutor cited a lack of any definite proof of his involvement in the Spanish Operation Puerto investigation, also declined to race today's Giro Lombardia upon the advice of team director Bjarne Riis.

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