Di Luca Serious About Worlds
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Saeco-Longoni Sport on the worlds course at Zolder
Di Luca: “I’m serious about having a go.”
The riders of the Saeco-Longoni Sport team today visited the course for the world road race championships which will be held in Zolder, Belgium this October.
Organised by the Saeco team and the Zolder world championship organisers, Danilo Di Luca, Mirko Celestino, Fabio Sacchi, Damiano Cunego, Alessandro Spezialetti and Cristian Pepoli tested out the route along with Italian national coach Franco Ballerini and several other riders.
“It’s not a course which really suits me but that won’t change my plans,” Di Luca said in a press conference afterwards. “If Ballerini picks me I’ll ride and give it everything, not just for the sake of taking part.” Mirko Celestino was of a similar opinion. “It’s a course for sprinters but the worlds is a special kind of race, even if I’d have preferred a harder circuit.”
Franco Ballerini kept his options open and said that no rider is automatically excluded from the Italian team. “There are still a lot of races before the worlds,” he said. “It’s too early to say what kind of strategy the Italian team will have. But of course as well as the sprinters there will have to be riders who are ready to be in the action in the crucial parts of the race. The worlds in Lisbon last year taught us that anything can happen in a race as long and as difficult as the worlds.”