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Giant Italia looking to 2009

The Giant Italia team is readying for the 2009 season, which it will kick off with the fourth edition of the Muretto di Alassio Marathon in Italy in March. The team recently renewed its partnership with Giant Italia srl, the company which distributes Giant bikes in Italy.

Although full details of the team's roster and management for next season have not yet been released, the squad hopes to build on its results from last year which included second place at the Roc d'Azur, third at the Schladming round of the UCI Cross Country World Cup and two of its members being selected to compete in the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China.

International events on the 2009 calendar include the World Cup and rounds of the Swiss, Italian, German and French national series. Many of the team's riders will be aiming to represent their nations at the World and Continental Championships.

"We have worked hard in the last few weeks to prepare a strong team," said Technical Manager Gianfranco Bechis. "Soon we will release more news about the team.

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