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The Team Barloworld riders and staff are gathering in Tuscany from February 2-11 to test run new equipment and plan their racing programmes in detail with Team Manager Claudio Corti and directeur sportives Alberto Volpi and Valerio Tebaldi. Barloworld say this training camp will help create a good team spirit and allow the riders to work intensely ready for the new season:
“The riders will also be busy perfecting their position on the new Bianchi bikes, especially their team time trial bikes that will be used for the first time in the Tour of the Mediterranean. We want to be competitive in this early team time trial so that riders will be prepared for this kind of race later in the season. We’ve got several strong time trial riders and we’ll work on them riding perfectly together”, DS Alberto Volpi explained.During the training camp Team Barloworld will also ride the GP degli Etruschi race on Saturday February 7. The Tuscan race marks Team Barloworld’s 2009 seasonal debut and comes just before the Tour of the Mediterranean between February 11-15. Colombian climber and Tour de France stage winner Mauricio Soler will test his form on the slopes of Mont Faron during the race and the whole team will aim for a good result in the short team time trial.Team Barloworld will also ride the Giro della Provincia di Grosseto in southern Tuscany between February 13-15, followed by the Trofeo Laigueglia on Saturday February 21, the Giro di Sardinia between February 24-27, the GP Insubria in Switzerland on Saturday February 28 and the GP di Lugano in Switzerland on Sunday March 1.The 16 riders present at the training camp in Castagneto Carducci will be:- Augustyn John Lee- Bellotti Francesco- Caccia Diego- Calcagni Patrick – Cardenas Felix – Cheula Gianpaolo- Corti Marco- Cummings Stephen- Froome Christopher – Hunter Robert – Impey Daryl- Longo Borghini Paolo – Merlo Michele- Scognamiglio Carlo – Soler Mauricio – Thomas Geraint