Cunego and Menchov in Liège, Zabel and Petacchi out

Damiano Cunego is going into Liège-Bastogne-Liège with high ambitions, having already won the Amstel Gold Race and placing third in Flèche Wallonne. "I am calm and I feel good," the 26 year-old Lampre rider said. "The opponents will be same as in the Ardennes Classics, so the battle will be tough: I will be there."

Cunego will be supported in La Doyenne, in which he finished third in 2006, by Paolo Bossoni, Francesco Gavazzi, Daniele Righi, Mauro Santambrogio, Simon Spilak, Palo Tiralongo and Marco Marzano, who is recovering from a crash in Flèche Wallonne.

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