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Giro d'Italia 2008: selection of riders and ... Astana will be part of it!!

Added: sunday 04 May 2008 at 16:12:00
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    Giro d'Italia 2008: selection of riders and ... Astana will be part of it!!In a little bit less than one week (next Saturday) the 91st edition of the Giro d'Italia will start on Sicily (click here for the full track of the Giro 2008). Several teams have thus already announced their selection of riders for this Tour of Italy. In this article you'll find the first lists of riders.

    Furthermore, you probably remember that Astana was not on the list of teams which had been selected to participate in the Giro when the selection was announced early February. Yesterday it was only rumours but this morning the Giro's director confirmed that Astana finally is invited to participate in the Giro d'Italia 2008!!

    UPDATE 6 May 2008: yesterday night the Giro organiser has published the list of riders and this article has thus been updated for the missing teams and the numbers has been added.
    UPDATE 9 May 2008: after a fall during a training David Arroyo unfortunately won't be able to participate for Caisse d'Epargne and with an intestinal virus Benjamin Noval cannot start for Astana; finally CSF Group Navigare sent Ariel Maximiliano Richeze back home after a positive doping check.

    The selected riders

    • AG2R La MondialeAG2R La Mondiale
      12 Philip Deignan Ireland
      19 Yuriy Krivtsov Ukraine
      13 René Mandri Estonia
      14 Laurent Mangel France
      15 Rinaldo Nocentini Italy
      16 Nicolas Rousseau France
      17 Blaise Sonnery France
      18 Alexandre Usov Belarus
      11 Tadej Valjavec Slovenia
    • AstanaAstana

      Big surprise since the Giro organisor first refused to invited this team due to a lack of motivation (the team initially completely focussed on the Tour de France) ... the new request for participation has apparently received more interest from the Giro organisor: "with another approach than before and with a list of top riders" as Angelo Zomegnan, Giro's director, said on Saturday.

      Saturday night he said there was a 50% chance for Astana to participate in the Giro, on Sunday morning Zomegnan told the La Gazetta dello Sport newspaper (part of the same group as the Giro organisor): "Yes, I invited Contador" and he thus confirmed Astana's participation. The two reasons for this changed opinion on the Luxembourg team with Kazakh sponsors are -according to La Gazetta dello Sport- that Astana will send a team with all leaders to the Giro since the team cannot participate in the Tour de France and that the team now has a thorough anti doping programme and a new organisational structure.

      Astana's three leaders who will participate in the Giro are:

      22 Alberto Contador Spain
      28 Andreas Klöden Germany
      21 Levi Leipheimer United States

      The list of other riders is as follows:
      29 Assan Bazayev Kazakstan
      24 Antonio Colom Spain
      23 Vladimir Gusev Russia
      25 Maxim Iglinsky Kazakstan
      27 Andrei Mizourov Kazakstan
      26 Benjamin Noval Steve Morabito Switzerland - with an intestinal virus Benjamin Noval will unfortunately be unable to start
    • BarloworldBarloworld
      31 Francesco Bellotti Italy
      32 Patrick Calcagni Switzerland
      33 Felix Cardenas Colombia
      34 Stephen Cummings United Kingdom
      35 Enrico Gasparotto Italy
      36 Christian Pfannberger Austria
      37 Carlo Scognamiglio Italy
      38 Mauricio Soler Colombia
      39 Geraint Thomas United Kingdom
    • Caisse d'EpargneCaisse d'Epargne
      41 David Arroyo Mathieu Perget France - with a broken radius after a fall at the end of his training on 8 May David Arroyo can unfortunately not try to improve his tenth place from last year (the numbers might not be the final ones for this team)
      42 Joan Horrach Spain
      43 Vladimir Karpets Russia
      44 Pablo Lastras Spain
      49 Luis Pasamontes Spain
      45 Fran Pérez Spain
      46 Mathieu Perget France
      47 Joaquim Rodriguez Spain
      48 José Rujano Venezuela
    • CofidisCofidis
      51 Mickaël Buffaz France
      52 Hervé Duclos-Lassalle France or Kevin de Weert Belgium (according to the Giro's website it's Duclos-Lassalle, but according to the team's website it's De Weert; Duclos-Lassalle would participate in the "4 jours de Dunkerque" which will last until Sunday)
      53 Bingen Fernandez Spain
      54 Nicolas Hartmann France
      55 Mathieu Heijboer The Netherlands
      56 Yann Huguet France
      57 Damien Monier France
      58 Nick Nuyens Belgium
      59 Rik Verbrugghe Belgium
    • CSF Group Navigare
      61 Emanuele Sella Italy
      62 Fortunato Baliani Italy
      63 Ariel Maximiliano Richeze Argentina - after a positive doping check when he won the 4th stage of the Circuit de la Sarthe on 11 April in Le Mans he has been sent home on 9 May just before the start of the Giro
      64 Luis Felipe Laverde Jimenez Colombia
      65 Julio Alberto Perez Cuapio Mexico
      66 Filippo Savini Italy
      67 Matteo Priamo Italy
      68 Tiziano Dall'Antonia Italy
      69 Domenico Pozzovivo Italy
    • Euskaltel - EuskadiEuskaltel - Euskadi
      71 Josu Agirre Aseginolaza Spain
      72 Lander Aperribay Spain
      73 Koldo Fernandez Spain
      74 Aitor Galdos Alonso Spain
      75 Dionisio Galparsoro Martinez Spain
      76 Markel Irizar Aranburu Spain
      77 Inigo Landaluze Intxaurraga Spain
      78 Alan Perez Lezaun Spain
      79 Ivan Velasco Murillo Spain
    • Française des JeuxFrançaise des Jeux
      81 Mickaël Cherel France
      82 Timothy Gudsell New Zealand
      83 Yauheni Hutarovich Belarus
      84 Lilian Jégou France
      85 Yoann Le Boulanger France
      86 Guillaume Levarlet France
      87 Jérémy Roy France
      88 Jelle Vanendert Belgium or Tom Stubbe Belgium (according to the Giro website it's Vanendert, according to the team's website it's Stubbe)
      89 Jussi Veikkanen Finland
    • GerolsteinerGerolsteiner
      91 Robert Förster Germany
      92 Thomas Fothen Germany
      93 Johannes Fröhlinger Germany
      94 Oscar Gatto Italy
      95 Sven Krauss Germany
      96 Andrea Moletta Italy
      97 Volker Ordowski Germany
      98 Davide Rebellin Italy
      99 Matthias Russ Germany
    • Team High RoadTeam High Road
      101 Mark Cavendish United Kingdom
      102 André Greipel Germany
      103 Adam Hansen Australia
      104 Tony Martin Germany
      105 Marco Pinotti Italy
      106 Morris Possoni Italy
      107 Frantisek Rabon Czech Republic
      108 Kanstantsin Siutsou Belarus
      109 Bradley Wiggins United Kingdom
    • LampreLampre
      111 Marzio Bruseghin Italy
      112 Paolo Bossoni Italy
      113 Fabio Baldato Italy
      119 Francesco Gavazzi Italy
      114 David Loosli Switzerland
      117 Mirco Lorenzetto Italy
      118 Mauro Santambrogio Italy
      116 Simon Spilak Slovenia
      115 Sylvester Szmyd Poland
    • LiquigasLiquigas
      121 Daniele Bennati Italy
      122 Kjell Carlström Finland
      123 Dario Cataldo Italy
      124 Vladimir Mikoljevic Croatia
      125 Vincenzo Nibali Italy
      126 Andrea Noe' Italy
      127 Franco Pellizotti Italy
      128 Alessandro Vanotti Italy
      129 Charles Wegelius United Kingdom
    • LPR Brakes
      2 Paolo Bailetti Italy
      3 Gabriele Bosisio Italy
      4 Riccardo Chiarini Italy
      5 Giairo Ermeti Italy
      6 Jure Golcer Slovenia
      1 Danilo di Luca Italy
      7 Daniele Pietropolli Italy
      8 Paolo Savoldelli Italy
      9 Alessandro Spezialetti Italy
    • Quick.StepQuick.Step
      131 Paolo Bettini Italy
      132 Alexander Efimkin Rusland (and not Vladimir as indicated on the Giro website!!)
      133 Addy Engels The Netherlands
      134 Mauro Facci Italy
      135 Juan Manuel Garate Spain
      136 Hubert Schwab Switzerland
      137 Kevin Seeldrayers Belgium
      138 Andrea Tonti Italy
      139 Giovanni Visconti Italy
    • RabobankRabobank
      141 Mauricio Alberto Ardila Cano Colombia
      142 Graeme Brown Australia
      143 Bram de Groot The Netherlands
      144 Theo Eltink The Netherlands
      145 Mathew Hayman Australia
      146 Dmitry Kozontchuk Russia
      147 Gerben Löwik The Netherlands
      148 Paul Martens Germany
      149 Denis Menchov Russia
    • Saunier Duval - ScottSaunier Duval - Scott
      153 Raivis Belohvosciks Latvia
      152 Jose Alberto Benitez Roman Spain
      155 David Cañada Gracia Spain
      154 Eros Capecchi Italy
      156 Ermanno Capelli Italy
      157 Iker Camano Ortuzar Spain
      158 Luciano Pagliarini Mendonca Brazil
      159 Leonardo Piepoli Italy
      151 Riccardo Ricco' Italy
    • S. Diquigiovanni - Androni G.
      The team with the longest web site address of all cycling teams: www.serramentipvcdiquigiovanniandronigiocattoli.com will start in the Giro with the following riders:

      162 Alessandro Bertolini Italy
      163 Danilo Hondo Germany
      164 Raffaele Illiano Italy
      165 Ruslan Ivanov Moldova
      166 Gabriele Missaglia Italy
      167 Daniele Nardello Italy
      168 Carlos José Ochoa Venezuela
      169 Jose Rodolfo Serpa Perez Colombia
      161 Gilberto Simoni Italy
    • Silence LottoSilence Lotto
      172 Dominique Cornu Belgium
      173 Francis de Greef Belgium
      174 Dries Devenyns Belgium
      175 Nick Gates Australia
      176 Matthew Lloyd Australia
      177 Robbie McEwen Australia
      171 Geert Steurs Belgium
      178 Jürgen van den Broeck Belgium
      179 Wim Vanhuffel Belgium
    • Slipstream - Chipotle
      181 Magnus Backstedt Sweden
      182 Julian Dean New Zealand
      183 Ryder Hesjedal Canada
      184 David Millar United Kingdom
      185 Jonathan Patrick McCarty United States
      186 Danny Pate United States
      187 Christopher Sutton Australia
      188 Christian Vandevelde United States
      189 David Zabriskie United States
    • Team CSCTeam CSC
      - Michael Blaudzun Denmark
      - Gustav Larsson Sweden
      - Anders Lund Denmark
      - Jason McCartney United States
      - Bradley McGee Australia
      - Stuart O'Grady Australia
      - Chris Anker Sørensen Denmark
      - Nicki Sørensen Denmark
      - Jens Voigt Germany
    • MilramTeam Milram

      Milram will have to do without Alessandro Petacchi in the Giro, due to a big bronchitis and because he "wants to prepare himself in the best possible way for the Tour de France".

      - Igor Astarloa Spain
      - Markus Eichler Germany
      - Sergio Ghisalberti Italy
      - Matej Jurco Slovakia
      - Alberto Ongarato Italy
      - Enrico Poitschke Germany
      - Fabio Sabatini Italy
      - Marco Velo Italy
      - Erik Zabel Germany
    • Tinkoff Credit Systems
      211 Evgeni Petrov Russia
      212 Vasil Kiryienka Belarus
      213 Luca Mazzanti Italy
      214 Alberto Loddo Italy
      215 Mikhail Ignatiev Russia
      216 Nikolai Trussov Russia
      217 Pavel Brutt Russia
      218 Serguei Klimov Russia
      219 Alexander Serov Russia

    The CSF Group-Navigare team will finally not participate in the Giro, because this team had to leave its place to Astana.

    by Thomas Vergouwen
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Currently 2 comments!
  1. Le Giro sans Ale Jet avec sa bronchite et surtout une suspension de 12 mois...
    Merci pour ton SMS, j'étais au boulot, pas trop le temps d'y répondre sur le moment.
    Pendant que tu es dans le sud, tu descends jusqu'à Palerme pour le départ du Giro ?

    | Pascal | tuesday 06 May 2008 at 20:50:21

  2. Salut Pascal,

    J'aurai pu le mettre effectivement pour Petacchi parce que je l'avais lu cet après-midi (vive la carte 3G pour avoir de l'Internet même pendant les vacances ;-).

    Pour le départ du Giro, j'aimerai bien ... mais ça fait quand même encore un peu loin ... J'en profite à fond par contre pour faire un peu de vélo avec mon père et du beau temps bien évidemment :-).

    à bientôt !

    | Thomas Vergouwen | tuesday 06 May 2008 at 21:26:11

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