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Italians target 32nd Tour Méditerranéen

Davide Rebellin (Gerolsteiner) and Mario Cipollini (Liquigas) will be among the principle stars at the 32nd Tour Méditerranéen, which starts in San Remo (Italy) on February 9 and finishes in Marseille on February 13. Rebellin is a two time winner of the event, taking the overall honours in 1999 and 2001, while Cipollini holds the record for number of stage wins in the five day race, with 14 victories to his credit.

Apart from Rebellin, Gerolsteiner will have sprinter Danilo Hondo at the Tour of Med, while Liquigas-Bianchi will see the debut of Franco Pellizotti. Other riders to watch include Baden Cooke (Francaise des Jeux), Thor Hushovd (Credit Agricole) and Erik Dekker (Rabobank).

Other team rosters

Ag2r: Sylvain Calzati, Philip Deignan, Cyril Dessel, Stéphane Goubert, Yuriy Krivtsov, Jean-Patrick Nazon, Marc Scanlon, Ludovic Turpin. Reserves: Gilles Mas, Arturas Kasputis.

Quick.Step: Davide Bramati, Kevin De Weert, Luca Paolini, Filippo Pozzato, Sebastien Rosseler, Bram Tankink, Jurgen Van Goolen, Stefano Zanini.

RAGT-Semences Eric Berthou, Renaud Dion, Nicolas Dulac, Benjamin Levécot, Roman Luhovyy, Ludovic Martin, Sébastien Minard, Nicolas Reynaud.

The stages

Stage 1 - February 9: San Remo (Italy) - Menton 130 km
Stage 2 - February 10: Villeneuve-Loubet - Bormes-les-Mimosas, 131 km
Stage 3 - February 11: La Garde - Toulon, 134 km
Stage 4 - February 12: Bouc-Bel-Air - Berre l'Etang TTT, 36 km
Stage 5 - February 13: Cabriès - Marseille, 122 km

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