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Italian World's team named

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Alessandro Petacchi

Alessandro Petacchi (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Alessandro Ballan strong but quick

Alessandro Ballan strong but quick (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Alessandro Ballan adds more depth

Alessandro Ballan adds more depth (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Daniele Bennati won two stages in Poland

Daniele Bennati won two stages in Poland (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Daniele Bennati yet another sprinter

Daniele Bennati yet another sprinter (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Lorenzo Bernucci is young and strong

Lorenzo Bernucci is young and strong (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Lorenzo Bernucci another Fassa Bortolo rider

Lorenzo Bernucci another Fassa Bortolo rider (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Paolo Bettini alternative leader

Paolo Bettini alternative leader (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Paolo Bettini also in form

Paolo Bettini also in form (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Davide Bramati will be put to work

Davide Bramati will be put to work (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Davide Bramati another experienced rouleur

Davide Bramati another experienced rouleur (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Marzio Bruseghin a key man for the TT

Marzio Bruseghin a key man for the TT (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Marzio Bruseghin a very strong rouleur

Marzio Bruseghin a very strong rouleur (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Giovanni Lombardi another handy sprint train rider

Giovanni Lombardi another handy sprint train rider (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Giovanni Lombardi very experienced

Giovanni Lombardi very experienced (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Luca Paolini very much in form

Luca Paolini very much in form (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Luca Paolini bronze medalist last year

Luca Paolini bronze medalist last year (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Alessandro Petacchi will have to keep it together

Alessandro Petacchi will have to keep it together (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Alessandro Petacchi the main man

Alessandro Petacchi the main man (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Marco Pinotti will do the TT

Marco Pinotti will do the TT (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Marco Pinotti happy to be part of the team

Marco Pinotti happy to be part of the team (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Filippo Pozzato always handy to have around

Filippo Pozzato always handy to have around (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Filippo Pozzato will be a valuable ally for Bettini

Filippo Pozzato will be a valuable ally for Bettini (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Matteo Tosatto in action

Matteo Tosatto in action (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Matteo Tosatto will provide necessary grunt

Matteo Tosatto will provide necessary grunt (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Marco Velo can go fast

Marco Velo can go fast (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Marco Velo will be Petacchi's key lead out man

Marco Velo will be Petacchi's key lead out man (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)

Italian selector Franco Ballerini has named a sprinter-heavy line up for the World Championships road race in Madrid. With Alessandro Petacchi and Paolo Bettini as team captains, it's clear that Ballerini wants to have the strongest possible line up if it comes down to a bunch sprint. 11 riders have been named, from which nine will be chosen as the final squadra azzurra: Alessandro Petacchi, Marco Velo, Matteo Tosatto, Lorenzo Bernucci (Fassa Bortolo), Paolo Bettini, Filippo Pozzato, Luca Paolini, Davide Bramati (Quick.Step), Daniele Bennati, Alessandro Ballan (Lampre), Giovanni Lombardi (CSC).

Marco Pinotti (Saunier Duval) and Marzio Bruseghin (Fassa Bortolo) will ride in the time trial.