Paolini is go

Quick.Step rider Luca Paolini will be able to participate in Saturday's Giro di Lombardia after all. The Italian injured his right hand in a collision with the T-Mobile team car in Paris-Tour last Sunday, and was feared to have broken its scaphoid bone.

Nevertheless, further x-ray examinations yesterday revealed that Paolini only suffered a severe contusion and that he will be able to attend his last race alongside his Quick.Step teammates. "I'm very happy to race wearing a Quick.Step jersey for the last time," Paolini told "What pleases me above all is that I'll be able to support Paolo Bettini in the race, hoping that he will do a great Lombardia. It would be well-deserved."

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