Liquigas announces line-up

Meanwhile, Bennati's team has published its Tour de France roster. "We've put together a competitive team that should do well on the different routes in the Tour," said directeur sportif Stefano Zanatta. "We're aiming to win as many stages as possible, and we've got the right men to accomplish this goal."

Filippo Pozzato will be closely watched on the hilly stages of the Tour as he will try to repeat his feat of last year when he won stage five from Chablis to Autun. 'Pippo' will be assisted by Manuel Quinziato, the team’s asset for the time trials, as well as Frederik Willems from Belgium and Aliaksandr Kuchynski from Belarus.

Battling it out on the race’s 19 mountain ascents will be the Spanish rider Manuel Beltran, a veteran who is ready to offer his years of experience to help the two new riders to the Tour, Vincenzo Nibali and Roman Kreuziger, the recent winner of the Tour de Suisse.

Murilo Fischer and Francesco Chicchi will be Liquigas' sprinters to watch out for. In the absence of Bennati, the Brazilian and Italian will try to go for a stage win in the bunch finishes themselves.

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