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"During Lugano I want to improve upon how I connect with the race. I know that I can achieve this goal by being the leader and helping my teammates. A good team result is the most important outcome," Basso says

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26.02.2014 @ 16:52 Posted by Emil Axelgaard
On Sunday, Ivan Basso will pin on a number for the second time this season when he lines up as the Cannondale leader in the GP Lugano. As a past winner of the race, he expects to perform well as part of a team that also includes in-form youngsters Davide Villella and Davide Formolo, fast finisher Daniele Ratto, and U23 world champion Matej Mohoric.
 
The Gran Premio Città di Lugano, which takes place on March 2, will kick-off the month for Cannondale Pro Cycling. Team captain Ivan Basso plans to use the Swiss road race as a platform to strengthen his condition while, after two months and eight races, the rest of the Green Machine is eager to keep bettering its performance.
 
Even if this is not a major race for Basso, the Gran Premio Città di Lugano will be a useful test for his form. Basso debuted in early February at the Gran Premio Costa degli Etruschi and March will be an important preparation month as he approaches the Giro d'Italia. To ensure that he is in fighting shape for the Giro, Basso decided, with agreement from the team, to change his race schedule and ride Roma Maxima and Tirreno-Adriatico before Volta a Catalunya.
 
"Lugano, Roma and then the stages of Tirreno-Adriatico is what I need at this moment of the season. These three races have demanding routes, and I want to perform well," said Basso, who won the Gran Premio Città di Lugano in 2011.
 
"I don't need to win to prove that I am working hard, but my high level performance will be a boost of confidence as we head into the rest of the year. I've only raced once this season, but I've trained a lot. During Lugano I want to improve upon how I connect with the race. I know that I can achieve this goal by being the leader and helping my teammates. A good team result is the most important outcome."
 
In addition to Ivan Basso, the team, selected by team director Mario Scirea, includes Paolo Longo Borghini as another experienced rider and a strong line-up of young guns - Daniele Ratto, Davide Villella, who recently placed 6th at Trofeo Laigueglia, Matej Mohoric, Davide Formolo, Matthias Krizek and Michel Koch.
 
"Looking at the riders we've put together for this race, I'm confident we'll do well," said Scirea. "Our young riders have already shown a good level of condition. They are hungry to stand out against the rest of the pack. Including Basso at the Gran Premio Città di Lugano is an added value as he brings experience and leadership with him. We have all we need to be great."
 
Cannondale for the GP Lugano
Ivan Basso, Paolo Longo Borghini, Michel Koch, Matthias Krizek, Daniele Ratto, Matej Mohoric, Davide Villella, and Davide Formolo.

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