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Prior to their team departing for the start of the Giro yesterday, the whole Euskaltel squad met in Bilbao to discuss the reasons for the Basque team's poor start to the season, which has left them as one of just two ProTour squads without a win this year. Team manager Miguel Madariaga told Bilbao's El Correo newspaper: "We wanted to analyse the situation and talk about the reasons for our lack of results, and then try to resolve a situation that has been complicated with the introduction of the ProTour."
Euskaltel's Giro team will be led by Haimar Zubeldia, but also includes Aitor Gonzalez, winner of two time trial stages at the Giro and the sixth placed finisher in 2002. Samuel Sanchez and Roberto Laiseka are also part of a line-up that looks very strong on paper.
- Theo Middelkamp, who became the first Dutchman to win a stage of the Tour de France in 1936 and won the world title at Reims in 1947, has died at the age of 91. Like many riders of his generation, several of Middelkamp's best years as a cyclist were lost to the Second World War, although he still managed to win his national title four times.
- Davide Rebellin and Fabian Wegmann have been confirmed as late withdrawals from the Gerolsteiner team for the Giro. Rebellin has said that he does not have the form required to make an impact after his exertions in the Ardennes Classics. The German team will now be led by Switzerland's Sven Montgomery.