By VeloNews Interactive
Italian cyclist Michele Bartoli confirmed on Thursday that he would be taking part in July’s Tour de France despite pulling out of the Giro d’Italia, which gets underway May 19.
The 30-year-old leader of the Mapei team, who won the Het Volk Classic in March, pulled out of the Giro complaining that he was exhausted and did not want to run the risk of competing before the Tour de France.
He also announced that he would be racing in the Tour of Germany from May 29 to June 4, the Tour of Switzerland from June 19-28 and the Italian road race championship on July 1.
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