Italian teams Liquigas and Lampre have confirmed their places on the 2009 Tour Down Under start list.
Italian UCI ProTour teams Liquigas and Lampre-N.G.C. have confirmed their places on the 2009 Tour Down Under start list.
“Liquigas finished fourth overall in the Team Classification at the2008 Tour Down Under, so we expect them to be tough competition in2009,” said Mike Turtur, Tour Down Under Race Director.
In 2008, Liquigas’ Francesco Chicchi finished first on Stage 7 of theTirreno-Adriatico and first on Stage 1a, Settimana internazionale diCoppi e Bartali.
“Chicchi’s strengths are in the sprints, making him one to watch for SA Lotteries Sprint jersey points,” said Mike Turtur.
Lampre-N.G.C.’s Matteo Bono will bring invaluable Grand Tour experienceto the Tour Down Under, after competing in the 2008 Tour de France.
“Bono turned professional in 2006 and his first pro win was stage 6 of the 2007 Tirreno-Adriatico,” said Mike Turtur.
Both Italian teams have a strong supporter base in Australia with theSouth Australian Italian community adopting these teams as their own.
“We all know how passionate Italians are, and we have come to expectgood performances by both the Lampre-N.G.C. and Liquigas teams,” saidMike Turtur.
The Lampre-N.G.C. team for the Tour Down Under includes: Matteo Bono(ITA), Emanuele Bindi (ITA), Andrew Grendene (ITA), Mauro Santambrogio(ITA), Vitaliy Buts (UKR), Volodymyr Zagorodniy (UKR) and David Loosli(SUI). Bruno Vicino (ITA) will be the Team Manager.
The Italian Liquigas will be led by Team Manager, Dario Mariuzzo (ITA)with the team line up including: Macieji Bodnar (POL), Cladio Corioni(ITA), Gianni Da Ros (ITA), Jacopo Gaurnieri (ITA), AliaksandrKuchynski (BLR), Francesco Chicchi (ITA) and Frederick Willems (BEL).