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T-Mobile Team confident ahead of final Ardennes classic
The Spring Classics season enters its last lap with Sunday's
Liège-Bastogne-Liège, the oldest of cycling’s five “monuments”.
After convincing performances at the Amstel Gold Race and La Flèche Wallone, the
TMobile Team is now among the favourites for the third and final instalment of
the Ardennes Classics series.
The Bonn-based outfit won the team classification at the other two hilly
classics and have moved up to second spot in the ProTour ranking. "With our
strong squad, the odds are good for Liège,” said Patrik Sinkewitz, who finished
in fifth in the Netherlands and Belgium, repectively.
Patrik Sinkewitz leads the team challenge
For Sunday’s looping 262-km north-south out and back trip through the steep
pine-wooded valleys and high, exposed plateaux of the Ardennes, ‘Sinki’ will be
accompanied once again by Matthias Kessler, Kim Kirchen, Thomas Ziegler and the
two veterans Eddy Mazzoleni and Steffen Wesemann, who was a strong runner-up at
the Amstel Gold Race.
Reigning ITT World Champion Mick Rogers and climbing specialist Bernhard Kohl
round out the eight-man magenta roster.
Valerio Piva: „We have plenty of options“
Sporting director Valerio Piva will manage team affairs at the 'The Old Lady',
as the race is dubbed. "Of the five biggest cycling monuments, Liege is
certainly the toughest“, says Piva, who believes the race has come at the right
time for his team, who are “in good shape“ after their recent strong showings. "Patrik,
Steffen, Matze or Eddy Mazzoleni, too – the riders have proved that the form is
just fine and we have the right option for every situation”.
Though the magenta pros are approaching the final Ardennes classic with
confidence, they are also showing the hilliest of cycling’s great one-day races
the respect it deserves. "This is going to be the toughest race in the series,“
confirms Patrik Sinkewitz. "The climbs are longer, albeit not that steep. Plus,
there’s no time for rest,“ stresses the 25-year old, whose recent results have
seen him move up to 10th place in the ProTour rankings.
SINKEWITZ Patrik GER
KESSLER Matthias GER
KIRCHEN Kim LUX
KOHL Bernhard AUT
MAZZOLENI Eddy ITA
ROGERS Michael AUS
WESEMANN Steffen SUI
ZIEGLER Thomas GER
The final 150 kilometres from Bastogne back to Liege’s hill-top suburb of Ans
will be particularly wearying for the riders from 25 teams. The constantly
undulating terrain turns the race into a battle of attrition and as the race
intensity mounts up and the riders hardly have time to stretch their aching
According with the sport directors, team manager Giuseppe Saronni, Lampre-Fondital's roster for Liegi-Bastogne-Liegi.
In Belgium there will be Alessandro Ballan, in searching of points for Pro Tour
ranking, and also Damiano Cunego, who will return at Liegi after the positive
experience of the last year.
With them there will be Salvatore Commesso, Ruggero Marzoli, Giuliano Figueras,
Evgueni Petrov, Gorazd Stangelj and Tadej Valjavec. Fabrizio Bontempi will be
the sport director.
D.S. Fabrizio Bontempi
Composizione della squadra
Dopo aver consultato i direttori tecnici, il team manager Giuseppe
Saronni ha reso nota la composizione della squadra della Lampre-Fondital che
prenderà parte alla Liegi-Bastogne-Liegi.
In Belgio correrà Alessandro Ballan, per tentare di conquistare punti per la
classifica Pro Tour, e correrà anche Damiano Cunego, che così ritornerà sulle
strade della Liegi dopo la buona esperienza dell'anno passato.
Al loro fianco ci saranno Salvatore Commesso, Ruggero Marzoli, Giuliano Figueras,
Evgueni Petrov, Gorazd Stangelj e Tadej Valjavec. Il direttore sportivo sarà
Team CSC Readies for Classics Finale
On Sunday the Spring Classics are drawing to and end, but they are finished off
with a great finale. The legendary Liège-Bastogne-Liège offers steep climbs,
ferocious attacks and a finish reserved for only the very best.
Following Team CSC's big spring classics campaign with two monumental
victories, team owner Bjarne Riis has big ambitions for this race, which Jens
Voigt came close to winning last year.
”After our recent results, it's only natural for us to be considered among the
favorites, and we're ready to prove ourselves worthy of this honor. But we must
not forget that Liège-Bastogne-Liège is one of the toughest races in the world
and it's a very strong peloton this year. I would single out three CSC riders as
potential winners,” says Bjarne Riis; Karsten Kroon and Fränk Schleck plus Ivan
Basso as a possible outsider.
”Of course a lot depends on how the race unfolds, but I expect Ivan to be up
front in the finish and then anything's possible. We have previously won in
Liège, and there's no doubt we have very specific strategy for this race,” Riis
adds, without revealing too much.
”We have a strong team and of course we have to take advantage of the fact
that we have several riders, who are capable of being up front during the
decisive part of the race. And then we'll just have to see how far that takes
us. I believe we're in for a great Liège-Bastogne-Liège”.
Quick Step Roster Change
Kevin De Weert Out due to injury.
Kevin De Weert won't take part to Liege-Bastogne-Liege next Sunday. "After the
injury to my left shoulder - explains De Weert – I’ve tried to quickly recover
to be ready for the Vuelta al Pais Vasco. Nevertheless to the Fleche Wallone I
understood that I’m not at 100% yet. From here the decision to currently leave
the place to a companion more in condition than me."
The young Swiss rider Hubert Schwab will reach the team in Lanaken this evening.
The Saunier Duval/Prodir team for Liège-Bastogne-Liège will be made up of
Gilberto Simoni, José Ángel Gómez Marchante, Koldo Gil, José Alberto Benítez,
Arkaitz Durán, Rubén Lobato, David de la Fuente and Juan José Cobo. The sports
director will be Joxean "Matxin" Fernández.
Koldo Gil photo c. Bart Hazen
As for the Tour de Romandie, the riders will be José Ángel Gómez Marchante,
Koldo Gil, Rubens Bertogliati, Oliver Zaugg, Guido Trentin, Nicolas Fritsch,
David de la Fuente and José Alberto Benítez, all of them led by Sports Director