The Italian team from Bruno Cenghialta will start with a young group of
riders. For a lot of them it will be the first Tour of their lives.
In the mountains the team has a lot of candidates for top-10 places, or who
knows for a victory: Laurent Dufaux, Andrea Noé (who rode really well in the
Giro), Pietro Caucchioli and Franco Pellizotti.
Also in the sprint, Alessio has a good chance with Fabio Baldato (who won a
stage in the Giro, after the disqualification of Mc Ewen) and Angelo Furlan.
Other riders are Alessandro Bertolini, Raffaele Ferrara and Vladimir
13/06/1968, Lonigo (Ita)
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Fabio Baldato has a lot of experience, so he can guide the younger riders in
their first Tour. When the real top-sprinters have an off-day, he can sprint to
Fabio Baldato. Courtesy Alessio.
27/07/1971, Rovereto (Ita)
He is one of the least known riders. Alessandro Bertolini had a few physical
problems this year: he couldn’t start in GP Erik Breukink (influenza) and also
the Tour of Luxembourg came at the wrong moment; he had a few micro-fractures.
Alessandro Bertolini. Courtesy Alessio.
28/08/1975, Bovolone (Ita)
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Caucchioli finished the Giro d’Italia, but he wasn’t in top condition. In the
Route du Sud, he ended second in the general ranking, after Michael Rogers.
Pietro Caucchioli. Courtesy Alessio.
20/05/1969, Roche (Sui)
Dufaux won a stage in the Tour du Romandie, after Francisco Perez took the
wrong route. He is always very motivated for the Tour de France.
Laurent Dufaux. Courtesy Alessio.
03/10/1976, Napoli (Ita)
The comedian from the team! Always screaming and laughing…In Milaan Sanremo
he fell and injured his back. We have seen very little of this promising
Raffaele Ferrara. Courtesy Alessio.
22/06/1977, Arzignano (Ita)
He rode the Giro, but things did not go as planned. Maybe he can do better in
Angelo Furlan. Photo by Karen Lambrecht.
18/01/1974, Zagreb (Cro)
Vladimir Miholjevic. Photo by Karen
15/01/1969, Magenta (Ita)
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Noé finished fourth in the Giro d’Italia.
Andrea Noe. Photo by Karen Lambrecht
15/01/1978, Latisana (Ita)
Franco Pellizotti was 9th in the Giro d’Italia. He was always in front with
the group, but at the end of each stage, he couldn’t follow.
Franco Pellizotti. Photo by Karen Lambrecht