Shorts: Liberty, Efrain, Baffi, Jan

Liberty Seguros have announced their pre-selections for the Giro d'Italia, and have thrown in their

Liberty Seguros have announced their pre-selections for the Giro d'Italia, and have thrown in their


The Liberty Seguros roster has been divided into two groups that will be working towards representing the team in the Giro d'Italia and Tour de France. The Giro is now less than three weeks away, and Liberty team manager Manolo Saiz has 10 riders working towards this objective. Those for the moment who are definite to start are: Ren Andrle, Dariusz Baranowski, Joseba Beloki, Jan Hruska, Javier Ramirez, Nuno Ribeiro and Michele Scarponi, who will lead the team. Two more riders will be selected from Carlos Barredo, Koen de Kort and Jesus Hernandez.

A larger group of 13 riders is being prepared for July's Tour de France. This group comprises: Ren Andrle, Dariusz Baranowski, Joseba Beloki, Alberto Contador, Allan Davis, Igor Gonzalez de Galdeano, Roberto Heras, Jan Hruska, Jrg Jaksche, Isidro Nozal, Luis Leon Sanchez, Marcos Serrano and Angel Vicioso.

- Andalucia-Paul Versan rider Efrain Gutierrez is said to be making steady progress in a Zaragoza hospital as he recovers from serious injuries received when he crashed into a parked car during the second stage of last week's Tour of Aragon. Gutierrez had been expected to undergo surgery to treat damage to his liver and spleen, but this has been put off because he has not suffered internal bleeding. His team manager, Antonio Cabello, told the Todociclismo website that Gutierrez "is coming along well, he looks better every day. Although his recovery is very slow, we have passed the worst, and we hope that his recovery continues as it has done so far."

- Landbouwkrediet directeur sportif Adriano Baffi has joined the Phonak team and will partner team manager John Lelangue and chief DS Ren Savary at the Giro d'Italia next month. Former sprinter Baffi won more than 80 races in a 17-year-long career that included a spell with US Postal when it first joined the pro peloton.

- According to T-Mobile team manager Walter Godefroot, Jan Ullrich "is in much better shape than last year" after Ullrich finished 18th in the Tour of Aragon, which followed on 10th place in the Circuit of the Sarthe the previous week. "If you want to hold your own at the Tour de France, this is the usual build-up. Jan is right on track, which is good," said Godefroot. Ullrich's next race will be the Tour of Catalonia (May 16-22), which will be his ProTour debut.

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