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Cooke chasing French stage wins

Team Barloworld will contest the Tour International du Poitou Charentes from tomorrow, where Baden Cooke is hoping to claim stage victories for the squad. The short stage race between September 24-27 consists of four consecutive days of racing for a total of 649.3 kilometres divided into five stages.

The last one is divided into two semi-stages: a 23km time trial in the morning from Saint Germani to Saint Savin and a 108.2km road stage in the afternoon starting in Lussac les Chateaux and finishing in Poitiers.

Cooke will be supported by Francesco Bellotti, Hugo Sabido, Gianpaolo Cheula, Enrico Gasparotto, Patrick Calcagni, Marco Corti and Diego Caccia.

Valerio Tebaldi will be directeur sportif for the French race.

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