Italy to rely on Bennati and youthful Worlds squad

Daniele Bennati leads, Vuelta a Espana 2011, stage two

A tough stance on doping helped shape Italy's team selection for the World Championships in Copenhagen on September 25. Sprinter Daniele Bennati will lead the team and receive support from the country's young stars.

Bennati won the penultimate stage of the Vuelta a España on Saturday in Vitoria to confirm his strength. He also helped his Leopard-Trek team win the opening time trial. Veterans Matteo Tosatto, Luca Paolini and Manuel Quinziato will support Bennati, but they will be flanked by many emerging talents: Daniel Oss, Giovanni Visconti, Sacha Modolo, Manuel Belletti, Oscar Gatto, Elia Viviani and Francesco Gavazzi.

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.