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Quickstep to Austria

Quickstep rider Alessandro Proni will be returning next month to the scene of his success. The winner of Tour de Suisse's third stage ending in Nauders, Austria, has been nominated by his team to ride the Österreich Rundfahrt, July 8 to 15.

Team manager Patrick Lefevere is expecting a lot from the young Italian. "He is the man of the future and has already shown us some good races this season. I know the course of the Österreich Rundfahrt, and I am convinced that Alessandro will be in the fight for the overall win!"

The Italian will be accompanied by veterans Andrea Tonti and Geert Verheyen as well as Maarten Wynants. The remaining four riders are all under 23 years old, including former U23 World road champion Dmitry Grabovskiy, Ivan Santaromita (10th in the Tour de Georgia), Kevin Seeldraeyers and Davide Viganò.

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