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Liquigas, Milram for Lombardy

As the day draws near for the final ProTour race of the year, the teams are finalizing their rosters. Liquigas and Milram have announced teams of eight to contest the "race of the falling leaves". For Liquigas, Leonardo Bertagnolli and Filippo Pozzato will lead the final Classic of the season along with Vincenzo Nibali, Manuel Quinziato, Manuel Beltrán, Dario Cataldo, Matej Mugerli and Alessandro Vanotti, with Stefano Zanatta and Mario Scirea in the team car.

"In spite of the long and difficult season, last week in Tours we gave signs of a good condition," said manager Zanatta. "I expect the race to be very exciting also for the characteristics of the race route. We want a great finale of a season full of successes, also to make a present to Danilo Di Luca who will not have the possibility to defend his leadership in the ProTour final ranking."

Milram will close the season out without its two sprint aces, Alessandro Petacchi and Erik Zabel, and instead count on Mirko Celestino to lead the team of Sergio Ghisalberti, Andrey Grivko, Alberto Ongarato, Fabio Sabatini, Carlo Scognamiglio, Marco Velo and Matej Jurco. Sport directors: Vittorio Algeri and Antonio Bevilacqua.

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Laura Weislo has been with Cyclingnews since 2006 after making a switch from a career in science. As Deputy Editor, she coordinates coverage for North American events and global news. As former elite-level road racer who dabbled in cyclo-cross and track, Laura has a passion for all three disciplines. When not working she likes to go camping and explore lesser traveled roads, paths and gravel tracks.