Giro d?Italia race director Angelo Zomegnan has announced that tests to detect the new blood boosting drug CERA and for insulin will be carried out during this year?s race.

Zomegnan also revealed that Italian police have seized samples taken during the 2008 Giro to test them for CERA. With a worried look on his face, Zomegnan accepted that there could be other positives.

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The organisers of the Giro d?Italia have announced that the stage to the summit of the Blockhaus climb has been shortened, with the final 6km chopped off due to snow. The climb will last 17.4km and end near the Mamma Rosa Hotel.

As a result the Cima Coppi prize, awarded to the first rider to the summit of the highest climb will now be the climb to Sestriere on stage.

Most riders have a ritual they follow before the Giro d?Italia. Some go for a haircut, others spend the day with their family and some do an extra long ride of up to seven hours.

Britain?s Charly Wegelius has a unique ritual as he recently revealed on his twitter feed: he always buys a new pair of pyjamas. Tell us the truth Charly, Are they pink?

Stefano Garzelli (Acqua & Sapone) wears number one in this year?s Giro d?Italia. In the absence of last year?s winner Alberto Contador, he gets the honour as the oldest previous winner.

Lance Armstrong (Astana) wears number 21, apparently the same Marco Pantani had when he won the 1998 Tour de France according to Gazzetta dello Sport. Tour de France winner Carlos Sastre is 61, Damiano Cunego (Lampre) is number 101, Ivan Basso (Liquigas) is number 111 and Gilberto Simoni (Diquigiovanni) is 151.

Frenchman Sebastien Hinault (Ag2r) is number 13.

The British riders are:
37 Chris Froome (Barloworld)
65 Jeremy Hunt (Cervelo)
68 Daniel Lloyd (Cervelo)
85 David Millar (Garmin)
88 Bradley Wiggins (Garmin)
94 Ian Stannard (ISD)
169 Charly Wegelius (Silence)
173 Mark Cavendish (Columbia)
189 Ben Swift (Katusha)

Giro d’Italia 2009 links

Team time trial start times
Cycling Weekly’s Giro d’Italia top ten prediction
Brits in Venice for Giro presentation
Armstrong overshadows overall favourites at Giro presentation
Armstrong confident of finding new sponsor for Astana
Armstrong working to save Astana team
Wiggins in top form for Giro
Garmin Slipstream kitted out for Giro opener
Dan Lloyd gets late Giro call-up
Armstrong’s special Giro bikes unveiled
Daniel Lloyd overlooked for Giro ride
Cummings and Thomas not selected for Giro d’Italia
Cavendish tests Giro form at Tour of Romandie
David Millar confirms he’s riding in 2009 Giro
Bennati to take on Cavendish in Giro 2009 sprints
2009 Giro d’Italia to start in Venice
Evans and Silence-Lotto disagree on Giro 2009 ride
Armstrong to ride 2009 Giro
Tuttosport reveals 2009 Giro d’Italia route
Dolce & Gabbana design new Giro jersey

2009 Giro d’Italia guide and features
Giro d’Italia 2009: The Big Preview
CW’s Giro top ten prediction
Brits in the Giro 2009
Brits in the Tours: From Robinson to Cavendish
CW Classic: the 1987 Giro d’Italia

2008 Giro d’Italia archive
Giro d’Italia 2008 coverage index – race reports, photos, results
From rule Britannia to cruel Britannia
Giro 2008: The final word on this year’s race
Brits at the 2008 Giro: photo special
Five days to go, what’s in store?
Giro d’Italia 2008: Rest day review (May 27)
Giro d’Italia 2008: Rest day review (May 19)
Giro d’Italia 2008 preview

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