Besides the eighteen teams from the UCI Pro Tour, only four of many teams listed were selected to be at the start line in Caprera, a small island of the coast of Sardinnia on May 12th, those were the Acqua Sapone, Tinkoff, Astana and the Irish team Panaria.
Remaining of the competition other renamed teams as Unibet.com, the LPR, the Flamina and Selle Italia usually invited to the race. They all will have to wait until next year to start adding points to its profiles to be favorites next year.
The 22 selected for the organizers are: Gerolsteiner from Germany, The French teams Ag2R, Bouygues, Francaise, Cofidis y Credit Agricole; From United States the popular Discovery Channel; Spanish Euskaltel Euskadi, Caisse D'Espargne and Saunier Duval; Belgiums Predictor Lotto and Quick Step; Rabobank (HOL); CSC (DIN) y the Italians Lampre, Milram, Liquigas, Acqua & Sapone y Tinkoff; Panaria (IRL), Astana (SUI) and T. Mobile (ALE).
Great teams come with big stars, if Basso wants to hold the title; he will have to beat previous winners such as: Gilberto Simoni, Paolo Salvodelli, Damiano Cunego and Stefano Garzelli. Also, the American rider Tyler Hamilton who is coming back from a two years suspension for resulting positive in a doping test is returning to redeem himself.
Organizers of the Giro 2007 are announcing a "more human race" with something for everybody, sprinters and climbers alike. The 90th edition appears to be less demanding than 2006 edition, noted for its non-stop climbing format. However, the three-week race will climb up the spine of the country and sprinters who shined during the first week will probably suffer a little more than climbers to get to Milan on June 3rd with 3,442 kilometers on their legs.