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Alarcón out of Saunier Duval Mallorca line-up

Saunier Duval-Scott's promising young Spaniard Raúl Alarcón would have been on the team's roster for both the GP Cost degli Etruschi and the Challenge-Volta a Mallorca, but the Valencia-born rider suffered a collision in training and will be forced to rest and recover. A car failed to brake at a stop sign and ran into Alarcón, who was taken to the hospital but escaped without serious injury. The 21-year-old will return to training in several days.

The Saunier Duval team will field a strong eight-man team in the Italian race, with Luciano Pagliarini, Riccardo Riccò, Manuele Mori, Aurelien Passeron, Eros Capecchi, Ermanno Capelli and Ángel "Litu" Gómez under the direction of Matteo Algeri.

For the Challenge-Volta a Mallorca from February 10-14, Joxean Fernández "Matxin" and Sabino Angoitia will lead the team of José Ángel Gómez Marchante, Juanjo Cobo, David de la Fuente, Manuele Mori, Denis Flahaut, Arkaitz Durán, Jesús del Nero, Rubén Lobato, Héctor González and Beñat Intxausti.

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Laura Weislo has been with Cyclingnews since 2006 after making a switch from a career in science. As Deputy Editor, she coordinates coverage for North American events and global news. A former elite-level road racer who dabbled in cyclo-cross and track, Laura has a passion for all three disciplines. When not working she likes to go camping and explore lesser traveled roads, paths and gravel tracks.