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Liquigas launches northern campaign

Team Liquigas has headed north for a series of races including the De Panne, Ronde van Vlaanderen, Gent-Wevelgem and Paris-Roubaix.

Luca Paolini, who had to withdraw from the Dwars door Vlaanderen due to the flu, will be racing with Enrico Gasparotto and Filippo Pozzato. Pozzato is also on track for the De Panne, Ronde van Vlaanderen, Gent-Wevelgem, and Paris-Roubaix. At the later race, he'll be joined by 2004 winner Magnus Backstedt.

Pozzato has recovered from a recent bout of nausea and dysentery; he returned to a bike Tuesday for an hour and half ride. "I didn't have a temperature so I hope not to have lost my last week's very good condition. Now I will start again working hard in view of the De Panne and, above all, 'Flanders.' That's my next goal."

Liquigas for E3 Prijs Vlaanderen (Harelbeke) and De Brabantse Pijl: Luca Paolini, Enrico Gasparotto, Mauro Da Dalto, Murilo Fischer, Aliaksandr Kuchynski, Roberto Petito, Manuel Quinziato, and Frederik Willems.

Liquigas for KBC - Driedaagse De Panne-Koksijde, Ronde Van Vlaanderen, and Gent-Wevelgem: Filippo Pozzato, Luca Paolini, Mauro Da Dalto, Murilo Fischer, Aliaksandr Kuchynski, Roberto Petito, Manuel Quinziato and Frederik Willems.

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Sue George is an editor at Cyclingnews.  She coordinates all of the site's mountain bike race coverage and assists with the road, 'cross and track coverage.