Busy weekend with Giro dell’Emilia and GP Beghelli. Last race for Nibali in green and blue and for Liquigas in Italy
The Shark bids adieu: «I will never forget the past seven years. ». Ivan Basso also in Saturday’s line-up
Liquigas-Cannondale wraps up its Italian season this weekend by competing in the Giro dell’Emilia (Saturday, 6th October) and the GP Bruno Beghelli (Sunday, 7th). This will be Liquigas’ final official race on the roads of Italy: as previously announced the leading Italian LPG distributor concludes its adventure in the world of cycling with the 2012 season. As Liquigas says farewell so too does Vincenzo Nibali who will compete in his final race wearing the green and blue colours of Liquigas-Cannondale in the Giro dell’Emilia: after seven years (the team’s longest standing member) and 25 victories, the Shark is moving to a new team for 2013. Alessandro Vanotti, another green and blue veteran, is also leaving Liquigas-Cannondale after six seasons with the team.
«This team has made an indelible impression on my career, and I will never forget the years we have spent together. » said Nibali. «I’ve grown since 2006, and so has the team and together we have achieved some incredible results. I feel like I’m leaving a family, it’s a unique group and they are more than just colleagues. I wish the new squad a future full of rewarding experiences, at least as many as we’ve accomplished in the past seven years. »
So from goodbyes to racing. Liquigas-Cannondale has pinned its chances of success at the Giro dell’Emilia on Ivan Basso, Damiano Caruso and of course Vincenzo Nibali. However the Sicilian is not in the best condition as he is still feeling the after-effects of his crash during “Il Lombardia”. The three will be supported by Federico Canuti, Kristijan Koren, Josè Sarmiento, Alessandro Vanotti and Matthias Krizek.
For the GP Beghelli on Sunday Liquigas-Cannondale has selected Caruso, Canuti, Koren, Sarmiento, Vanotti and Krizek who will be joined by two speedsters, Fabio Sabatini and Marco Benfatto. Mario Scirea is in charge of DS duties for both races.