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Gravel roads return in Eroica

Following a successful debut last year, the Monte Paschi Eroica will be held March 8 in Italy over 181km that includes seven sectors of gravel. World champion Paolo Bettini and his Quick Step-Innergetic will be among the 8-man squads taking the start, along with High Road and Slipstream-Chipotle. Last year’s edition was held in the fall in Tuscany, and was won by CSC’s Alexandr Kolobnev soon after he took second at the world championships.

The 2007 Eroica was held in the fall, after the world championships.

The 2007 Eroica was held in the fall, after the world championships.

Photo: Graham Watson

Following a successful debut last year, the Monte Paschi Eroica will be held March 8 in Italy over 181km that includes seven sectors of gravel. World champion Paolo Bettini and his Quick Step-Innergetic will be among the 8-man squads taking the start, along with High Road and Slipstream-Chipotle.

Last year’s edition was held in the fall in Tuscany, and was won by CSC’s Alexandr Kolobnev soon after he took second at the world championships.

CSC's Alexandr Kolobnev on the attack last year at the Eroica

CSC’s Alexandr Kolobnev on the attack last year at the Eroica

Photo: Graham Watson

Race organizer RCS Sport, which also owns the Giro d’Italia, moved the Paris-Roubaix-style race this year to Roubaix-style spring timeframe. Paris-Roubaix hopeful Magnus Bäckstedt was originally on the start list, but was replaced by Slipstream-Chipotle teammate Julian Dean after his broken collarbone at the Tour of Qatar in late January.

Beginning in Gaiole in Chianti, the race heads south then loops around before finishing in the Piazza del Campo in Siena.

While last fall’s race was dusty and sunny, Saturday’s edition could be icy and muddy. The forecast for Siena is for an icy mix changing to rain, with a high temperature of 48°F.

Filippo Pozzato in the 2007 Eroica

Filippo Pozzato in the 2007 Eroica

Photo: Graham Watson

The first and longest (13.5km) gravel section comes at 35km. In all, riders will hit more than 55km of strade bianche, or white roads.

Kolobnev is not on the start list for Eroica, but CSC will have Stuart O’Grady, Gustav Larsson and Kurt-Asle Arveesen, among others, under the directorship of Scott Sunerland.

Alessandro Ballan will lead Lampre.

High Road has what looks to be a few members of its potential Tour de France squad with Michael Rogers, Kim Kirchen, Servais Knaven and Gerald Ciolek taking the start.

And Slipstream will start North Americans Will Frischkorn, Ryder Hesjedal, Mike Friedman and Steven Cozza along with Dean, Aussie Chris Sutton, Dutchman Martijn Maaskant and Frenchman Kilian Patour.

Here is the complete starting list:

QUICKSTEP BEL

This year's edition of the Eroica is likely to be held in quite different conditions.

This year’s edition of the Eroica is likely to be held in quite different conditions.

Photo: Graham Watson

1 BETTINI P. ITA
2 DE JONGH S. NED
3 FACCI M. ITA
4 PRONI A. ITA
5 SCARSELLI L. ITA
6 TONTI A. ITA
7 VAN IMPE K. BEL
8 VISCONTI G. ITA
D.S. BRAMATI Davide

AG2R LA MONDIALE FRA

Montepaschi Eroica Course Map

Montepaschi Eroica Course Map

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11 NOCENTINI R. ITA
12 KANGERT T. EST
13 KRIVTSOV Y. UKR
14 LOUBET J. FRA
15 MANDRI R. EST
16 SENAC J.C. FRA
17 SONNERY B. FRA
18 TURPIN L. FRA
D.S. KASPUTIS Arturas

BARLOWORLD GBR

The Eroica passes through the rolling hills of Tuscany.

The Eroica passes through the rolling hills of Tuscany.

Photo: Graham Watson

21 BELLOTTI F. ITA
22 CACCIA D. ITA
23 CALCAGNI P. SUI
24 CHEULA G. ITA
25 COOKE B. AUS
26 CORTI M. ITA
27 LONGO BORGHINI ITA
28 SCOGNAMIGLIO C. ITA
D.S. TEBALDI Valerio

COFIDIS FRA

2007 Eroica, a close up of the strade bianche road surface.

2007 Eroica, a close up of the strade bianche road surface.

Photo: Graham Watson

31 BRARD F. FRA
32 DEMARET J.E. FRA
33 DUQUE L. COL
34 EL FARES J. FRA
35 FERNANDEZ B. ESP
36 HARY M. FRA
37 MONIER D. FRA
38 ZAMPIERI S. SUI
D.S. JONROND Jeanluc

CSF GROUP – NAVIGARE IRL
41 SELLA E. ITA
42 BALIANI F. ITA
43 LAVERDE JIMENEZ COL
44 RICHEZE A.M. ARG
45 DALL’ANTONIA T. ITA
46 PRIAMO M. ITA
47 SAVINI F. ITA
48 TOMEI F. ITA
D.S. REVERBERI Roberto

DIQUIGIOVANNI – ANDRONI GIOC. VEN
51 SIMONI G. ITA
52 BERTOLINI A. ITA
53 NARDELLO D. ITA
54 HONDO D. GER
55 IVANOV R. MDA
56 AXELSSON N. SWE
57 BELLETTI M. ITA
58 TRAFICANTE R. ITA
D.S. SAVIO Gianni

GEROLSTEINER GER
61 DE BONIS F. ITA
62 FOTHEN T. GER
63 FRÖHLINGER J. GER
64 GATTO O. ITA
65 HAUSSLER H. GER
66 SCHOLZ R. GER
67 WEGMANN F. GER
68 WESTPHAL C. GER
D.S. RICH Michael

HIGH ROAD GER
71 CIOLEK G. GER
72 GERDEMANN L. GER
73 KIRCHEN K. LUX
74 KLIER A. GER
75 KNAVEN S. NED
76 LÖVKVIST T. SWE
77 ROGERS M. AUS
78 SIEBERG M. GER
D.S. PIVA Valerio

LAMPRE ITA
81 BALLAN A. ITA
82 BALDATO F. ITA
83 BINDI E. ITA
84 FORNACIARI P. ITA
85 LONGO R. ITA
86 MURRO C. ITA
87 RIGHI D. ITA
88 SANTAMBROGIO M. ITA
D.S. BONTEMPI Fabrizio

LIQUIGAS ITA
91 BODNAR M. POL
92 CURTOLO A. ITA
93 DA DALTO M. ITA
94 FISCHER M.A. BRA
95 NIBALI V. ITA
96 PETITO R. ITA
97 VANOTTI A. ITA
98 WILLEMS F. BEL
D.S. ZANATTA Stefano

LPR BRAKES IRL
101 BAILETTI P. ITA
102 CELLI L. ITA
103 CHIARINI R. ITA
104 CUCINOTTA C. ITA
105 ERMETI G. ITA
106 FERRARA R. ITA
107 GOLCER J. SLO
108 PIETROPOLLI D. ITA
D.S. MANZONI Mario

SAUNIER DUVAL – SCOTT ESP
111 RICCO’ R. ITA
112 BERTOGLIATI R. SUI
113 BELOHVOSCIKS R. LAT
114 CAPECCHI E. ITA
115 CAPELLI E. ITA
116 GOMEZ GOMEZ A. ESP
117 ALARCON GARCIA ESP
118 PAGLIARINI MEND BRA
D.S. ALGERI Pietro

SLIPSTREAM – CHIPOTLE USA
121 DEAN J. NZL
122 SUTTON C. AUS
123 FRISCHKORN W. USA
124 MAASKANT M. NED
125 HESJEDAL R. CAN
126 FRIEDMAN M. USA
127 COZZA S. USA
128 PATOUR K. FRA
D.S. MARIE Lionel

TEAM CSC DEN
131 JOHANSEN A. DEN
132 LARSSON G.E. SWE
133 ARVESEN K.A. NOR
134 BAK L.Y. DEN
135 LJUNGQVIST M. SWE
136 GOSS M.H. AUS
137 O’GRADY S. AUS
138 BRESCHEL M. DEN
D.S. SUNDERLAND Scott

TEAM MILRAM GER
141 ASTARLOA ASCASI ESP
142 DIUDIA V. UKR
143 MÜLLER M. GER
144 ONGARATO A. ITA
145 POITSCHKE E. GER
146 RIGOTTO E. ITA
147 SABATINI F. ITA
148 VELO M. ITA
D.S. PELLICIOLI Oscar

TINKOFF CREDIT SYSTEMS ITA
151 IGNATIEV M. RUS
152 BRUTT P. RUS
153 ROVNY I. RUS
154 GOTTFRIED A. GER
155 ESKOV N. RUS
156 RICCIO B. ITA
157 LODDO A. ITA
158 CHERNETSKIY I. RUS
D.S. COZZI Claudio

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