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Garzelli aims high in July

Stefano Garzelli remains confident that he'll be strong for both the Tour de Suisse and the Tour de France, despite not having recorded many strong results so far this season. He recorded another win for 2006 with victory in stage four of the Tour of Luxembourg on Sunday, after he decided not to ride the Giro d'Italia last month, a race he won in 2000.

"I have the confidence to aim very high for the Tour de Suisse and then especially the Tour de France," said Garzelli. "My victory on Sunday in the last stage of the Tour of Luxembourg reinforced me in this idea," he added.

Speaking in Varese yesterday, the Liquigas rider didn't hide his desire to perform well in this year's loop around France, something that remains the primary objective of his season. Garzelli will share the responsibilities of team captain with compatriot Danilo Di Luca, who didn't enjoy as strong a Giro performance as he'd hoped during May.

"This success [in Luxembourg] has shown that my spring was not too bad, despite not obtaining the results I had hoped to in the northern classics. In France, I will certainly be looking to secure a place on the general classification," revealed the Italian.

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