Paolo Savoldelli confirmed with Astana

Paolo Savoldelli

Paolo Savoldelli (Image credit: Sirotti)

Paolo Savoldelli, who had been linked with Davide Boifava, confirmed that he will be staying with Astana even though the possibility of it getting a ProTour license is doubtful. "I will stay with Astana. I have signed a one year contract with them," said the rider Bergamo to Cyclingnews Saturday in Milano during the Giro d'Italia presentation.

Il Falco Bergamasco was also happy with the Giro's parcours. "It will be a Giro suited for me," continued Savoldelli, winner in 2002 and 2005. "We will be able to play out the race on the climbs, like the Zoncolan.

"The big climbs will shape the classification, but I don't see a lot of separation. I will have to prepare well for the mountain time trial, which I have never raced at the pro level. If you make an error, only if a minute, you won't be able to pull it back."

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