Fast wheels for Lampre-ISD in Down Under Classic (15 January) and Santos Tour Down Under (17-22 January).
The Italian team, in fact, has selected all the fastest riders of its roster in order to perform a sprint start of 2012 season: in Australia there will be Alessandro Petacchi, Grega Bole, Danilo Hondo, Davide Cimolai, Massimo Graziato, Davide Viganò and the Aussie Matthew Lloyd.
The captain of the team will be Alessandro Petacchi (photo), 180 victories in career (including stages in all the three Great Tours and one Milano-Sanremo), who introduce using these words his Australian experience and his team mates: “The team staff suggested me to start the season in Australia: I thought about this chance for a while and then I accepted: I’m sure it will be a good experience, that will allow me to improve the
feeling with my team mates. In fact, in addition to Bole and Hondo that were in the team in 2011 too, in blue-fucsia jersey there will be also new entries such Cimolai, Graziato and Viganò, riders that could be very important for my sprints. And don’t forget Lloyd, who’ll be our guide in Australia. I hope Santos Tour Down Under will be a positive start of a course that will bring me to Milano-Sanremo arrival”.
Lampre-ISD’s sport director will be Bruno Vicino, who’ll be supported by the technical director Roberto Damiani. Vicino thinks that: “Santos Tour Down under is the best way to coordinate the mechanism of the train that will support Petacchi in the sprint. The trainings and the reharsals we’ll perform in Australia will be very important for all the rest of the season. For what concerns the results, we’ll rely on Petacchi but not only, since Grega Bole is a top rider who’s willing to start is 2012 in a winning way. In addition, we’re very happy that in Lampre-ISD there will be Matthew Lloyd too, our first Aussie cylist ever: he’ll soon begin a top athlete of the team and, thanks to him, Lampre-ISD maybe we’ll have many Australian fans”.
- Team News