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Tour of Georgia-Quick Step-Innergetic Team Profile
By Staff
Date: 4/18/2006
Tour of Georgia-Quick Step-Innergetic Team Profile

Perhaps unsurprisingly, considering the cobbled Classics season is coming to a climax, the Quick Step-Innergetic squad dispatched to Georgia contains no world class names as it stretches its resources to cover yet another front - the Boonens, Bettinis or Pozzatos are all either racing in the Ardennes or resting. Nonetheless, it gives several of the lesser lights, usually consigned to domestique work for the big guns, a chance to show their ability in America's only Hors Categorie race.

With no clear contenders for the overall in this roster, Quick Step will be looking to finish highly in stages, particularly those on the flat. It's possible that former Espoir world champion Francesco Chicchi, who secured his first professional win in Febuary after a host of second places, will be leading the team in the bunch sprints, though "L'Americano" Guido Trenti, a Vuelta stage winner, has a good sprint on him and will relish an opportunity to shine on "home" soil, more free of leadout responsibilities. Davide Bramati, in his seventeenth year as a professional will also act as road captain, helping to direct the team from the road.

In the time-trial, Sebastian Rosseler could finish inside the top twenty - fourth in the Three Days of De Panne time-trial helped him to a finish of fourth overall and proved his ability against the clock. Compatriots Jurgen van de Walle and Geert Verheyen, a top twenty finisher in the Tour de France, will meanwhile be focusing on finishing as high up as possible, or attacking, when the race hits the climbs, though they will find it tough against the more recognised climbers and stage racers, as well as home riders looking to peak here.

Dutchman Remmert Wielinga and Leonardo Scarselli complete the Quick Step-Innergetic lineup. The former faded into anonymity for a couple of years after showing initial promise, but came back into the spotlight this spring with victory in the GP Chiasso after an all-day breakaway.

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