Phonak's swan song on Saturday

At the Giro di Lombardia on Saturday on Lake Como, not only the second ProTour season will come to an end but also the era of the Phonak Cycling Team. During the finale of the classic, the peloton will mark the 100th running of the race.

"Of course this race will be a special challenge due to its longer distance and difficult profile," said Gregory Rast looking ahead to the 246 km-race, after having finished second in Thursday' Giro del Piemonte. The start to what will be Phonak Cycling's final race will be in Mendrisio, Switzerland, but soon after that the field will roll along Lake Lugano in the direction of Italy. Phonak has set itself the goal of having one of its men in a breakaway group, thus making its presence known one last time.

The Swiss line-up on Saturday will be: Martin Elmiger, Patrick McCarty, Steve Morabito, Victor Hugo Peña, Gregory Rast, Michael Schär, Florian Stalder, David Vitoria. Team management: John Lelangue, Adriano Baffi, Monika Zürcher.

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