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Liquigas and LPR Brakes ready for Bergamo showdown

Filippo Pozzato leads Liquigas at Italian nationals

Filippo Pozzato leads Liquigas at Italian nationals (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

Italian teams Liquigas and LPR Brakes are have chosen its men to fight for the Italian Championships title this Sunday in Bergamo. Liquigas will be led by Filippo Pozzato, winner of stage five in last year's Tour de France and 2006 Milano-Sanremo champion. "We have prepared in the best way possible for this objective and my form is good," stated Pozzato, who is building also for the Tour de France, July 5 to 27.

'Pippo' indicated that he had previewed the course and it suited his characteristics well.

Backing Pozzato as possible leaders will be Vincenzo Nibali and Manuel Quinziato. The rest of the squad includes Manuel Quinziato, Valerio Agnoli, Leonardo Bertagnolli, Claudio Corioni, Mauro Da Dalto, Enrico Franzoi, Ivan Santaromita and Alessandro Vanotti.

LPR Brakes promises to "put on a show" with its 15 men over the 254.8-kilometre race. It heads starts the race with Paolo Bailetti, Gabriele Bosisio, Luca Celli, Riccardo Chiarini, Matteo Montagutti, Claudio Cucinotta, Raffaele Ferrara, Roberto Ferrari, Giairo Ermeti, Sergio Laganà, Sergio Marinangeli, Alessandro Maserati, Daniele Pietropolli, Walter Proch and Cristiano Salerno.

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