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By VeloNews Interactive
Levi Leipheimer has opted to start his season a little differently than originally planned and will be at the starting line when Tirreno Adriatico kicks off in Italy Wednesday.
Leipheimer, who had originally planned to kick off his European campaign at the Settimana Internazionale (March 21-26) decided that after the Tour of California his form was good enough to start the season a little early.
“Levi is hot right now and wants to ride,” said Gerolsteiner director Christian Henn. “It doesn’t make sense for him to stay in Santa Rosa (California) and wait around to start racing and hope that he stays at this level. He needs to put in some tough, racing kilometers.”
Leipheimer’s decision meant that Gerolsteiner’s Robert Förster changed his plans as well, foregoing his starting slot at Tirreno Adriatico and riding and riding at Paris-Nice, instead.
Italian cycling great Cottur dies
Italian cycling great Giordano Cottur died Wednesday at the age of 91, following a brief illness.
Cottur died while a patient at the Salus clinic in Trieste, where he was taken on Sunday evening after falling ill. Cottur finished third in the Giro d’Italia three times (1940, 1948, 1949) and finished eighth in the 1947 Tour de France.