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Barloworld wants to go to Giro and Tour

By Susan Westemeyer

Team Barloworld has finished a one-week training camp in Castagneto Carducci, Italy, and is hoping for great things in the new season. "We were really disappointed that we did not get our Pro Tour licence for 2007," Team Manager Claudio Corti said. "However, we are still hopeful for an invitation for either the Giro d'Italia or the Tour de France."

He continued, "On the other hand, we have to continue to develop our team according to its original goals: high professional standards, zero tolerance for doping, and perfect synergy with our sponsors Barloworld and Cannondale."

"Our goal is to be on the podium in the ProTour races," according to Directeur Sportif Alberto Volpi. "Our team is more complete than last year. We have re-enforced our team roster for all kind of races, the well-experienced Fabrizio Guidi and Robert Hunter join Enrico Degano and Giosue Bonomi as an impressive sprint force. I also consider this team competitive on the climbs."

The team will make its European debut next week at the GP degli Etruschi in Donoratico.