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World Champs: The Italian Team for Sunday's Race
By Fabio
Date: 10/11/2003
World Champs: The Italian Team for Sunday's Race

Italy's National Team Coach Franco Ballerini finally made his decision and unveiled the names of the dozen riders who are going to get on their bikes on Sunday to defend the title won by Mario Cipollini AND the "Squadra Azzurra" last year in Zolder. Or at least give the nation the coveted first medal none has been able to grab in any of the seven races so far disputed.

Dario Frigo was surprisingly awarded a spot in the team roster.
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And the former "Monsieur Roubaix" turned successful Team Manager had a big surprise in store: probably due to the man's excellent performance in Thursday's Time Trial, which proved his legs are in an excellent condition, Dario Frigo, reportedly selected only for the ITT, although Ballerini never explicitly ruled him out, will be racing Sunday's "big" race too.

Dario Frigo's surprising inclusion implied the exclusion of Sergio Barbero, the Lampre rider that will be just "watching" the race, along with the two other reserves, Vini Caldirola's Paolo Bossoni and Panaria's Luca Mazzanti.

Lampre’s Francesco Casagrande.
Which Part will he be playing on Sunday?
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Below are all names and backnumbers of Italy's "dirty dozen".

1. Ivan Basso (Fassa Bortolo)
2. Paolo Bettini (Quick Step-Davitamon)
3. Francesco Casagrande (Lampre)
4. Danilo Di Luca (Saeco)
5. Dario Frigo (Fassa Bortolo)
6. Giovanni Lombardi (Domina Vacanze-Elitron)
7. Cristian Moreni (Alessio)
8. Daniele Nardello (Team Telekom)
9. Andrea Noč (Alessio)
10. Luca Paolini (Quick Step-Davitamon)
11. Fabio Sacchi(Saeco)
12. Mario Scirea (Domina Vacanze-Elitron)

Sergio Barbero (Lampre)
Paolo Bossoni (Vini Caldirola-SO.DI.)
Luca Mazzanti (Panaria-Fiordo)

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