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Italy names preliminary team for world road championships

Team coach Paolo Bettini names 11 men for the team — two will be dropped before worlds.

Italy coach Paolo Bettini on Tuesday named an 11-man team for October’s World Championships in Melbourne, Australia.

Each team consists of nine riders so Bettini, a former Olympic champion and twice world champion, must still choose which two riders to drop. Of the 11, Marco Pinotti will also ride in the time trial.

The team: Filippo Pozzato, Giovanni Visconti, Vincenzo Nibali, Luca Paolini, Daniel Oss, Francesco Gavazzi, Marzio Bruseghin, Matteo Tosatto, Marco Pinotti, Rinaldo Nocentini, Andrea Tonti.