Ballan and Cunego to GP Costa degli Etruschi

The GP Costa degli Etruschi, set for February 7 in Donoratico, is setting up to be a showcase of Italian cycling stars. World Champion Alessandro Ballan and Giro di Lombardia winner Damiano Cunego have announced their participation in the Tuscan race that traditionally opens the professional racing season in Italy.

The pair will join fellow Italians Ivan Basso, Alessandro Petacchi and Giovanni Visconti, who have already signed up. Also on the start list are Francesco Gavazzi, Enrico Gasparotto, Simone Ponzi, Pietro Caucchioli, Manuele Mori and Ukrainian Volodymyr Zagorodny.

"For us it is an important honor that these men have chosen to participate in the race," said a statement by the organizers. "This is the best reward for the great organizational work that our staff are performing."

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