Cioni will defend national time trial championship

Dario Cioni (Liquigas-Bianchi) will take part in the time trial opening the Settimana Tricolore, the Italian Cycling National Championships next Tuesday, June 21. The 30 year-old is ready to defend his title of Italian time trial champion.

"I rested a little to recover after the Giro d'Italia," he said. "This week I started to train regularly again. The time trial championship is an important goal in my race season: I've grown fond of the Italian champion jersey and I'd like to hold on to it for another year. Also, the Tour de France is starting soon. This year after the time trial stage one, we have to wait until stage 20 to have another individual chrono. As for me, I'll try to do my best in the overall ranking and support the strategy of the team."

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