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Saxo Bank finalises Giro lineup

Team Saxo Bank has named their nine-rider squad for the upcoming Giro d'Italia with one change to their original roster. Danish champion Nicki Sørensen will not ride the Giro d'Italia as scheduled and has been replaced by Kasper Klostergård.

Team manager Bjarne Riis explained Sørensen's exclusion. "Nicki has in the recent period convinced us that he should be included on the Tour de France squad, and of course it would be natural for him to take a break now and skip the Giro," said Riis.

"He has been racing on a high level during the spring and during the Ardennes Classics he has really impressed us with his strength and experience. He will undoubtedly be a huge factor in the Tour de France in both the team time trial, where he has always been among the best, and in the mountains, which are his primary strengths."

Team Saxo Bank for the Giro d'Italia: Fabian Cancellara, Jens Voigt, Kasper Klostergård, Jason McCartney, Juan Jose Haedo, Lars Bak, Matthew Goss, Anders Lund and Jurgen Van Goolen.

Based in the southeastern United States, Peter produces race coverage for all disciplines, edits news and writes features. The New Jersey native has 30 years of road racing and cyclo-cross experience, starting in the early 1980s as a Junior in the days of toe clips and leather hairnets. Over the years he's had the good fortune to race throughout the United States and has competed in national championships for both road and 'cross in the Junior and Masters categories. The passion for cycling started young, as before he switched to the road Peter's mission in life was catching big air on his BMX bike.