After the huge success of the Eroica sportif ride on the breathtaking roads of Tuscany on Sunday, a quality field of professional riders will go back in time, recreating scenes of pre war racing in what organisers hope will develop into the Italian equivalent of Paris-Roubaix.

Alessandro Petacchi (Milram), Gilberto Simoni (Saunier Duval), Filippo Pozzato (Liquigas), Alessandro Ballan (Lampre) and Frank and Andy Schleck (CSC) will ride the 180km race that includes 60km of dirt roads divided into seven sections through the Tuscan hills. The race starts in the Tuscany village of Gaiole in Chianti and ends in Siena in the afternoon.

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