Brice Feillu will replace Daniele Bennati on Leopard-Trek’s Giro d’Italia roster following the Italian’s injury in a crash in last week’s Tour de Romandie.
“Without Bennati, winner of the points classification at the Giro in 2008, we lose the opportunity to go for the red points jersey,” said sport director Luca Guercilena. “We are confident in both Wouter Weylandt and Davide Viganò. They have shown good condition recently, and we believe they can be competitive in the sprints.”
The replacement of Bennati has not changed the rest of the team’s goals, he added.
“We go to the Giro to make the most of breakaway opportunities,” says Guercilena. “We want to show that we are fighters. This is one of the most important parts of our identity as a team. We fight and dig deep. This is the first big tour for Leopard-Trek in the history of the team, it is natural that we want to show our full capacity.”