Garzelli and Paolini in Amstel; Di Luca waits for Fleche

Stefano Garzelli and Luca Paolini will lead the Liquigas squad for the Amstel Gold Race next Sunday, April 16. As planned, 2005 winner Danilo Di Luca won't start. He will begin his northern campaign at Flèche Wallonne next Wednesday and Liège-Bastogne-Liège.

Luca Paolini, who was unlucky at the Ronde van Vlaanderen, is approaching the Amstel Gold Race hoping that things will tip in his favour in Limburg. "I'm definitely aiming at succeeding at the Amstel, because the squad at Flèche and Liège will count mainly on Garzelli and Di Luca. That's alright. Anyway, I'm in shape. I've already felt good at the Ronde and, in the last days, I tried to keep in form in order to feel even better. I spent two days in Salsomaggiore, where some riders of the team were taking part in a training camp: under the guidance of Mario Scirea, I did a couple of very hard workouts."

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