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