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Cervélo TestTeam announced pre-selection for the Giro d`Italia.

Thor Hushovd
Cervélo TestTeam announced pre-selection for the Giro.
In one month, starting May 9, the centennial edition of Giro d’Italia 2009 will kick off in Venice with a team time trial. Cervélo TestTeam will be one of the 20 teams on the start line for this first of three Grand Tours of the cycling year. The course consists of 3.396km, 21 stages, one team time trial and two long individual time trials, 38 ranked mountain climbs, including 4 peaks exceeding 2.000 meters. The emperor of the Centenary Giro d’Italia will be crowned after a grand finale in Rome on May 31.

Who will tackle these challenges for the Cervélo TestTeam? The pre-selection is done – 12 athletes are nominated (see below). On May 9, nine of these 12 riders will take the start in Venice. “We are really looking forward to the first long tour of this season, especially because it seems that our preparations so far is good and we are on the right track. We will try to be at the start of the centennial edition with a good mix of stage riders like Thor Hushovd, as well as our general classification rider Carlos Sastre. The support team for them will be strong as well,” explained Jean-Paul van Poppel, Sports Director of the Cervélo TestTeam.

Íñigo Cuesta López (ESP)
Philip Deignan (IRL)
Simon Gerrans (AUS)
Volodymir Gustov (UKR)
Jérémy Hunt (GBR)
Thor Hushovd (NOR)
Ted King (USA)
Ignatas Konovalovas (LTU)
Daniel Lloyd (GBR)
Serge Pauwels (BEL)
Hayden Roulston (NZL)
Carlos Sastre (ESP)

Jean-Paul van Poppel (NED)
Marcello Albasini (ZWI)
Jens Zemke (GER)