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65th Vuelta a España - Liquigas-Doimo Aim for Overall
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Date: 8/26/2010
65th Vuelta a España - Liquigas-Doimo Aim for Overall

65th Vuelta a España - Liquigas-Doimo Aim for Overall
Vincenzo Nibali & Roman Kreuziger co-leaders of the blue & green team - Daniele Bennati & Jacopo Guarnieri to hunt for sprint and stage wins...

2010 Vuelta a España

Liquigas-Doimo is going to start the Vuelta a España, from August 28th to September 19th, with important ambitions. Vincenzo Nibali and Roman Kreuziger will be the leaders to aim for a high placement in the general classification, while Daniele Bennati and Jacopo Guarnieri will be the riders suppported  for the sprint finishes.

Liquigas also brings five talented and reliable riders to support the the goals of the team:  Italians Mauro Finetto and Ivan Santaromita, Poland's Maciej Paterski, Belgian Frederik Willems and Switzerland's Oliver Zaugg. The team will be led by directeur sportifs Mario Scirea and Dario Mariuzzo.

Liquigas - Doimo Vuelta Squad
Vincenzo Nibali
Roman Kreuziger
Daniele Bennati
Jacopo Guarnieri
Mauro Finetto
Ivan Santaromita
Maciej Paterski
Frederik Willems
Oliver Zaugg

Directeur Sportifs:
Mario Scirea
Dario Mariuzzo

"We can be competitive everywhere," affirmed Mario Scirea. "Nibali is in very good condition and will able to compete for the final classification, while Kreuziger we will see from day by day how his form is. Bennati has improved a lot in August and could be competitive mor than just in the sprints. Guarnieri has great capabilities, but he faces a three week tour for the first time. His primary goal is to gain experience. As well as going for the G.C. lead we can also ride as protagonists thanks to a group of riders able to support and to “hunt” stages".

2010 Trofeo Melinda: Vincenzo  'Shark' Nibali wins in the final straight, Borisov second, last years winner Giovanni Visconti follows in third. Photo © 2010 Fotoreporter Sirotti 

Vincenzo Nibali
"the victory at Trofeo Melinda gave me a boost of confidence; I have good feeling but I don’t want to have too much pressure. I want to ride the Vuelta as I did the Giro, doing my best day by day without any calculation. It’s also a new experience for me because I’ve never ridden the Vuelta: I feel good and ready to face it".

For Kreuziger, after the efforts of the Tour de France, Vuelta will be a race to ride day by day. "I will know after first stages my targets but I want to leave a mark. The route is hard and, for a climber like me, will offer many opportunities to be protagonist. Races after Tour were useful to maintain a good condition: I know that in Spain I can be competitive."

After a season in which he suffered, Daniele Bennati is ready to redeem himself...
"August was useful to acquire brilliance and attitude in sprints. I hoped to get something better in the results; but my absence from the races was too long. I know that my condition will improve and I want to be protagonist. My aim is to win minimum a stage and maybe and call from coach Paolo Bettini for Melbourne".

Young Gun Jacopo Guarnieri is also ready to throw himself into the battle...
 "The Vuelta is a great opportunity to gain experience: I can test myself in a three week race and challenge best sprinters. Together with Bennati we will work as a team; the most important thing is to win. From my side, I feel good and competitive; to find an  immediate success would be a dream."

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