World champ in Firenze-Pistoia

Newly-crowned World Champion Alessandro Ballan will be participating in the 22nd edition of the Firenze-Pistoia race in Tuscany, Italy, on Saturday. The event, a race against the clock of 30 kilometres, will see 25 riders on the start line in Lamporecchio.

Other competitors include Giovanni Visconti (Quickstep) as well as Filippo Pozzato and Vincenzo Nibali (both Liquigas). Since 2005, the race has been organised as a 1.1 event on the UCI Europe Tour, although it has was not held in 2006 due to organisation problems.

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