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Milan San Remo - Team News Latest
By Podofdonny
Date: 3/18/2005
Milan San Remo - Team News Latest


The Liquigas-Bianchi will partake in the Milan-San Remo with a flexible team, ready to live the race with fantasy. In the "Classicissima" the green-Celeste team will trust in particular to Mario Cipollini, Danilo Di Luca and Franco Pellizotti.

The Lion King, returning from the Tirreno-Adriatico where he has improved his condition day by day, seems satisfied and ready to face as a protagonist his favourite race:

«I feel very good. I know that some opponents such as Freire, Petacchi and Boonen are in fine fettle. After almost 300 kilometres, the capacity to hold out and experience could be determinant. I’m not beaten before the start...».

In case of a final sprint Liquigas-Bianchi bets on Cipollini, while Danilo Di Luca could take part if there was a breakaway:

«My condition is growing; I think that in the Tirreno-Adriatico I lacked a spice of good luck. You can't know what will happen in the Milan-San Remo and we shall be able to seize all the opportunities, even if I believe that this year there will be a final sprint since sprinters go well even on the climb and their teams are well trained. Otherwise Pellizotti and I won’t draw back».

In the first part of the race season Pellizotti has often been very close to victory:

«I was to touch my first victory at the Paris-Nice. I must admit to be a little disappointed. I have the legs and that will be important on the Cipressa and on the Poggio…»

The Liquigas-Bianchi team in As for Cipollini, he will try not to lose ground on the Poggio. If he got to Roma street in the bunch of the best the Milan-San Remo will feature Cipollini, Di Luca, Pellizotti together with a group of team-mates who partook in the Tirreno-Adriatico: Swedish Backstedt, Andriotto, Gerosa, Milesi and Mugerli. The squad will be led by team manager Stefano Zanatta and by “vice” team manager Mario Scirea.

Managing director Roberto Amadio weighs his words:

«We start with a team ready to face the difficulties of the race. Di Luca and Pellizotti are able to take advantage of any attack started from far: then is up to them to enter breakaways. We have several riders who have great chances to win».

The Bianchi Killer! Courtesy Liquigas Bianchi

Hammer of the Poggio?

Thor Hushovd (Crédit Agricole - 26) had a great season in 2004. National Champion, he also won stages in the Tour de France, le Dauphiné Libéré and the Tour du Languedoc-Rousillon.

The “Viking of Biking” was sick at the start of the seaon and has made his first goal of the season Milan – San Remo, he rode the Tirrreno – Adriatico purely for preparation for the Primavera.

He will also target the Tour des Flandres and Paris-Roubaix.

His website reports that he is feeling in good shape and nearly back to winning ways -

Thor is no longer sick and ready to race again at Tirreno-Adriatico, which is his first Pro Tour event this year in the lead up to Milan-San Remo that is his first big goal for the 2005 season….

Thor has finished Tirreno-Adriatico with good feelings. He has become a bunch sprint winner again at the end of stage 5, although it wasn't for the win. "5 guys were away and Paolo Bettini attacked with 500 metres to go, I won the sprint for 7th place, Thor commented. I'm getting stronger every day, I enjoy it. I was also motivated for winning the final sprint but my handlebar broke with 4km to go, I was just happy that I didn't crash. I now have good feelings for Milan-San Remo and the coming month of one day classics."

Milan San Remo: Alessandro Petacchi is ready

"Ale-jet", who already has scored an amazing 11 victories this season, has two game plans for the forthcoming Milan San Remo.

If a small group escapes on the final climb of the days of the day with less than 10 kilometres to go Petacchi is prepared to follow. He has spent the winter months training on small hills in preparation for this race.

To help him counter attacks on the Cipressa or the Poggio, he will have Kim Kirchen to help him.

However, in the more likely scenario that the race will finish in a bunch sprint, “Ale-jet” is hoping to improve on last year when he finished fourth.

The Fassa lead out train in a mass sprint finish would be Tosatto, Ongarato and Velo.

Petacchi would dearly love to win a monument race to further enhance his already huge reputation. However there are those who doubt his strength after a classic race of 294 km.

Lampre Team News

The flu which kept Figueras from riding the Tirreno-Adriatico has come and gone and he is now ready with a high morale to get back into the racing.

"I got back into training and I seem to have found the right rythm needed for the racing, I did some training in Campania where I was fortunate to train in some good weather, Wednesday I got a good 250km training ride in, I think that the form I had at the GP Chiasso is on its way back and I am feeling good, both physically and mentally, I doubt I will have the condition of those who have just raced Tirreno-Adriatico and Paris-Nice. but I am sure I will have a good San Remo".

In 2002 Figueras and Bettini tried their luck on the Poggio, the two riders were caught with only 300m to the top of the climb.

"I really feel that this is the perfect climb for anyone to rty get away in order to get to the finish on their own or at least without sprinters, otherwise you take riders like Freire or Petacchi or Boonen to the finish line."

The General Manager Giuseppe Saronni has come to an agreement with the Lampre-Caffita technicians that the following riders will be doing the 90th Milan-San Remo, distance of 298km with the start in Milan and the finish in San Remo.

UCI Classification: UCI-ProTour.

-Alessandro Ballan

-Daniele Bennati

-Giosuè Bonomi

-GianLuca Bortolami

-Salvatore Commesso

-Giuliano Figueras

-Paolo Fornaciari

-Daniele Righi

Sports Director: Giuseppe Martinelli


The T-Mobile Team is sending its proven classics' specialists into action at the prestigious Milan-San Remo, on Saturday, with Erik Zabel spearheading the eight-man magenta roster. The veteran sprinter has left his mark on the race in the past, powering his way to four wins in five years - between 1997 and 2001 - on San Remo's Via Roma. Last year Zabel missed out on a fifth 'Primavera' title, when Oscar Freire dramatically edged it on the line.

World Champion Freire has been in imperial form so far this season, winning three stages and the overall prize at Tirreno-Adriatico, the 'Classicissima' tune-up race that ended on Tuesday. Italian favourite Alessandro Petacchi also impressed at the Race of the Two Seas, winning three stages. The smart money is probably on Freire for MSR, however. Petacchi's stage wins all came on classic, clean, flat field sprint finishes, whereas the Spaniard booked his wins on lumpier stages that more closely resemble the MSR parcours.

Relieved of the favourites' tag, the T-Mobile Team are nevertheless travelling to the Lombardy region in upbeat mood. "We are not starting this race as the big favourites and it won't be our task to control the race," says team press officer Luuc Eisenga.

Eisenga nominates Belgian sprinter Tom Boonen to the list of race favourites, alongside Freire and Petacchi. Boonen, for his part, was busy scouting the course on Monday, paying particular attention to the crunch Cipressa and Poggio climbs, where the race is often won or lost.

"If it comes down to a sprint finish, then you can't underestimate Boonen," warns Eisenga, who also believes that the T-Mobile Team are in good shape for the 294 km long race. "All the riders are in good physical condition. In Zabel, Andy Klier, Vinokourov, who got stronger as the Paris-Nice progressed, and Wesemann, we have a number of options in this race. That will make it more difficult for the other teams to figure out our plan."

Erik Zabel is not suffering from any after-effects to Tuesday's crash at Tirreno-Adriatico. The sprinter hit the tarmac on the final stage of the week-long race through southern Italy, but was able to continue racing. T-Mobile sporting director Mario Kummer gave Zabel the all-clear there and then: "Nothing to worry about. Apart from a few scratches Erik got off lightly."

Milan-San Remo is one of the 'five monuments' of cycling and when the teams gather in the shadow of Milan's great cathedral, Zabel will be joined by an experienced crew; Rolf Aldag, Sergey Ivanov, Matthias Kessler, Stephan Schreck, Alexander Vinokourov, Andreas Klier and Tour of Flanders winner Steffen Wesemann.

T-Mobile Team roster:

Rolf Aldag (36), Sergey Ivanov (30), Matthias Kessler (25), Andreas Klier (29), Stephan Schreck (26), Alexander Vinokourov (31), Steffen Wesemann (34), Erik Zabel (34).

Quickstep News

Tom Boonen took a look today at the final section of Milan-San Remo. Boonen, along with Kevin Hulsmans and Guido Trenti, trained for almost two and a half hours, climbing twice both the Cipressa and the Poggio. Tom, who recently won two stages at Paris-Nice, was in radio contact with the team's sporting director Wilfried Peeters who was able to pass on valuable information.

"Taking a preview of the final of Milan-San Remo was a great idea", said Boonen, "I've already taken part in this classic race twice but it's always a good idea to check the race route out in advance. Riding alongside me was the experienced Trenti who gave me a lot of important advice. It will be very important to start the Poggio in a good position, that way not risking being bottle-necked in the main part of the group and therefore having to use more energy than necessary to work your way up to the front of the group. I think the race will be particulary difficult from the Cipressa onwards. I think a few teams such as Fassa Bortolo and Rabobank will be controlling the race. We'll have to do a good job in following in their tracks".

Today's training session gave the team a good opportunity to make some technical decisions too. Boonen added: "I'll be using a 41 plateau instead of a 39. I think this is the best choice and will help me in the action on the Poggio". Tom returned to Brussels late this afternoon and will be flying to Italy on Thursday evening.


211 Bettini Paolo Ita
212 Boonen Tom Bel
213 Bramati Davide Ita
214 Hulsmans Kevin Bel
215 Moreni Cristian Ita
216 Nuyens Nick Bel
217 Tankink Bram Ned
218 Trenti Guido Usa

Illes Balears-Caisse D'Epargne News

Only two Spaniards have won the Milan - San Remo, Poblet in 57 and 59, and Freire last year. Valverde hopes to become the third.

He won his third victory of the season with a rocket sprint on the final stage of the Paris Nice and he finished second overall.

«I came to Paris Nice hoping to win a stage and finish on the podium. So I achieved my objectives. It was my first victory outside Spain and whats more it was on the Promenade des Anglais in a race that is only just ranked below the three great tours. I am ready for Milan – San Remo», said Valverde.

Illes Balears-Caisse D'Epargne

141 Arrieta Lujambio José Luis Esp
142 Carrasco Gamiz Jose Luis Esp
143 Pradera Rodriguez Mikel Esp
144 Reynes Mimo Vicente Esp
145 Horrach Rippoll Joan Esp
146 Leonet Iza Iker Esp
147 Osa Eizaguirre Unai Esp
148 Valverde Belmonte Alejandro Esp

Milan San Remo Teams


1 Freire Gomez Oscar Esp
2 Dekker Erik Ned
3 Boven Jan Ned
4 Den Bakker Maarten Ned
5 Horrillo Munoz Pedro Esp
6 Kroon Karsten Ned
7 Löwik Gerben Ned
8 Wauters Marc Bel

Acqua & Sapone - Adria Mobil

11 Marzoli Ruggero Ita
12 Balducci Gabriele Ita
13 D'Amore Crescenzo Ita
14 Masciarelli Simone Ita
15 Hamburger Bo Den
16 Palumbo Giuseppe Ita
17 Pospyeyev Kyrylo Ukr
18 Arekeev Alexandr Rus

Barloworld - Valsir

21 Carrara Matteo Ita Team
22 Celli Luca Ita
23 Cheula Giampaolo Ita
24 Longo Borghini Paolo Ita
25 Salomone Antonio Ita
26 Serri Eddy Ita
27 Sullivan Sean Aus
28 Tomi Giulio Ita

Bouygues Telecom

31 Bernaudeau Giovanni Fra
32 Brochard Laurent Fra
33 Claude Mathieu Fra
34 Geslin Anthony Fra
35 Hary Maryan Fra
36 Pineau Jérome Fra
37 Renier Franck Fra
38 Voeckler Thomas Fra

Ceramiche Panaria - Navigare

41 Allegrini Mirko Ita
42 Bongiorno Guillermo Ruben Arg
43 Mazzanti Luca Ita
44 Matveyev Sergiy Ukr
45 Galdos Alonso Aitor Esp
46 Sella Emanuele Ita
47 Tiralongo Paolo Ita
48 Borrajo Alejandro Alberto Arg

Cofidis, Le Credit Par Teleph.

51 Bertagnolli Leonardo Ita
52 Casper Jimmy Fra
53 Koerts Jans Ned
54 Inaudi Nicolas Fra
55 Coyot Arnaud Fra
56 O'grady Stuart Aus
57 Vasseur Cédric Fra
58 White Matthew Aus

Credit Agricole

61 Bodrogi Laszlo Hun
62 Dean Julian Nzl
63 Hinault Sébastien Fra
64 Hushovd Thor Nor
65 Kashechkin Andrey Kaz
66 Le Mevel Christophe Fra
67 Lequatre Geoffroy Fra
68 Wiggins Bradley Gbr

Davitamon - Lotto

71 Mattan Nico Bel
72 Mcewen Robbie Aus
73 Merckx Axel Bel
74 Rodriguez Fred Usa
75 Van Summeren Johan Bel
76 Van Bon Leon Ned
77 Aerts Mario Bel
78 Vansevenant Wim Bel

Discovery Channel

81 Barry Michael Can
82 Devolder Stijn Bel
83 Hammond Roger Gbr
84 Hincapie George Usa
85 Hoste Leif Bel
86 Mikhailov Guennadi Rus
87 Padrnos Pavel Cze
88 Van Heeswijk Max Ned

Domina Vacanze

91 Cadamuro Simone Ita
92 Celestino Mirko Ita
93 Cortinovis Alessandro Ita
94 Gobbi Michele Ita
95 Honchar Serhiy Ukr
96 Ivanov Ruslan Mda
97 Ludewig Joerg Ger
98 Iglinskiy Maxim Kaz

Euskaltel - Euskadi

101 Herrero Llorente David Esp
102 Flores Galarza Iker Esp
103 Gonzalez Jimenez Aitor Esp
104 Isasi Flores Inaki Esp
105 Laiseka Jaio Roberto Esp
106 Landaluze Intxaurraga Inigo Esp
107 Lopez Garcia David Esp
108 Silloniz Aresti Josu Esp

Fassa Bortolo

111 Petacchi Alessandro Ita
112 Baldato Fabio Ita
113 Kirchen Kim Lux
114 Ongarato Alberto Ita
115 Petito Roberto Ita
116 Sacchi Fabio Ita
117 Tosatto Matteo Ita
118 Velo Marco Ita

Française Des Jeux

121 Auger Ludovic Fra
122 Cooke Baden Aus
123 Eisel Bernhard Aut
124 Gilbert Philippe Bel
125 Guesdon Frédéric Fra
126 Mcgee Bradley Aus
127 Renshaw Mark Aus
128 Wilson Matthew Aus


131 Haselbacher René Aut
132 Hondo Danilo Ger
133 Lang Sebastian Ger
134 Moletta Andrea Ita
135 Rebellin Davide Ita
136 Wegmann Fabian Ger
137 Wrolich Peter Aut
138 Zberg Marcus Sui

Illes Balears-Caisse D'Epargne

141 Arrieta Lujambio José Luis Esp
142 Carrasco Gamiz Jose Luis Esp
143 Pradera Rodriguez Mikel Esp
144 Reynes Mimo Vicente Esp
145 Horrach Rippoll Joan Esp
146 Leonet Iza Iker Esp
147 Osa Eizaguirre Unai Esp
148 Valverde Belmonte Alejandro Esp

Lampre - Caffita

151 Figueras Giuliano Ita
152 Bennati Daniele Ita
153 Bortolami Gianluca Ita
154 Fornaciari Paolo Ita
155 Commesso Salvatore Ita
156 Ballan Alessandro Ita
157 Bonomi Giosuè Ita
158 Righi Daniele Ita

Liberty Seguros Wurth Team

161 Caruso Giampaolo Ita
162 Davis Allan Aus
163 Hruska Jan Cze
164 Jaksche Joerg Ger
165 Kemps Aaron Aus
166 Paulinho Sergio Miguel M. Por
167 Scarponi Michele Ita
168 Vicioso Arcos Angel Esp

Liquigas - Bianchi

71 Cipollini Mario Ita
172 Andriotto Dario Ita
173 Backstedt Magnus Swe
174 Di Luca Danilo Ita
175 Gerosa Mauro Ita
176 Mugerli Matej Slo
177 Milesi Marco Ita
178 Pellizotti Franco Ita

Team L.P.R.

181 Fanelli Ivan Ita
182 Aggiano Elio Ita
183 Contrini Daniele Ita
184 Konyshev Dmitri Rus
185 De Paoli Daniele Ita
186 Khalilov Mikhaylo Ukr
187 Santambrogio Mauro Ita
188 Tonkov Pavel Rus

Naturino - Sapore Di Mare

191 Casagrande Francesco Ita
192 Agnoli Valerio Ita
193 Ascani Luca Ita
194 Barbero Sergio Ita
195 Fagnini Gian Matteo Ita
196 Galletti Alessio Ita
197 Marinangeli Sergio Ita
198 Simeoni Filippo Ita

Phonak Hearing System

201 Clerc Aurélien Sui
202 Elmiger Martin Sui
203 Guidi Fabrizio Ita
204 Hunter Robert Rsa
205 Jalabert Nicolas Fra
206 Martin Perdiguero Miguel a. Esp
207 Pereiro Sio Oscar Esp
208 Zampieri Steve Sui


211 Bettini Paolo Ita
212 Boonen Tom Bel
213 Bramati Davide Ita
214 Hulsmans Kevin Bel
215 Moreni Cristian Ita
216 Nuyens Nick Bel
217 Tankink Bram Ned
218 Trenti Guido Usa

Saunier Duval - Prodir

221 Tafi Andrea Ita
222 Mori Manuele Ita
223 Quinziato Manuel Ita
224 Ravaioli Ivan Ita
225 Pinotti Marco Ita
226 Edo Angel Esp
227 Ventoso Alberdi Francisco J. Esp
228 Zaballa Gutierrez Constantin Esp

Team CSC

231 Peron Andrea Ita
232 Voigt Jens Ger
233 Arvesen Kurt-Asle Nor
234 Breschel Matti Den
235 Gusev Vladimir Rus
236 Lombardi Giovanni Ita
237 Johansen Allan Den
238 Schleck Frank Lux

T-Mobile Team

241 Aldag Rolf Ger
242 Ivanov Serguei Rus
243 Kessler Matthias Ger
244 Klier Andreas Ger
245 Schreck Stephan Ger
246 Vinokourov Alexandre Kaz
247 Wesemann Steffen Ger
248 Zabel Erik Ger

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