Giro d'Italia - Tinkoff Credit Systems Announces
Giro d'Italia Roster
The grand animators of the 2007 Giro return with a team to light up the Giro
once again on the hunt for stage victories.
Rome - 5 May 2008 - The 91st edition of
the Giro d'Italia begins this Saturday in Palermo Sicily, as the Tinkoff Credit
Systems cycling team returns to participate for a second year. Sports Director
Orlando Maini has determined the final Giro d'Italia roster for the Tinkoff team
which includes the following riders:
Tinkoff Credit Systems
Giro d'Italia Squad
D.S.: Orlando Maini
"One of our main objectives is naturally stage victories," Maini stated, " we
expect Loddo to be fully active in the sprint finishes, and Ignatiev, Kiryenka,
Mazzanti, and Petrov with their abilities to animate. Our other objective is to
devote the team in support of Petrov and to improve his position from last
year's seventh overall."
Petrov and Pavel Brutt accompanied by Maini trained on several of the
important climbs on the 2008 Giro parcours such as the Passi del Manghen, Alpe
di Pampeago, and Pordoi.
The difficult ascension of Marmolada, the Passo San Pellegrino, and the
summit climb to Giau has also been tested by Petrov, additionally the feared
Plan de Corones climb. "Such as stage will be very demanding and difficult,"
Petrov explained, "the kilometers up the Plan de Corones will be a final curtain
call for many of the riders weary with fatigue."
Orlando Maini, who will be directing the squad at the Giro commented, "It was
important to perform reconnaissance on the climbs for this years Giro in order
to visualize important tactical areas, and I believe that the Plan de Corones
will be one of the decisive factors in the general classification of the race. "
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