Giro d'Italia - Saunier Duval/Scott Squad Announced
Algeri's top Giro team of 2007 - Red Bird's to be led by Riccardo Riccò and
The Red Birds of Saunier Duval/Prodir lead the peloton on stage 4 2007 Giro.
Photo c. Team Saunier Duval/Prodir
The Saunier Duval/Scott team will take Riccardo Riccò and Leonardo Piepoli as
the team leaders to the 91st Giro d´Italia, starting this Saturday.
The Italian race will welcome team managers Pietro and Matteo Algeri and the
following "red birds," who will accompany the co-leaders:
2007 Giro stage 15: The "Red Birds" Sing. Riccardo Ricco' and Leonardo Piepoli
of Saunier Duval/Prodir cross the line on Tre Cime, Ricco gains the bigger time
bonus as top Saunier rider. Photo © Fotoreporter Sirotti
Giro d'Italia Squad
José Alberto Benítez
D.S.: Pietro Algeri, Matteo Algeri
The Red Birds of Saunier Duval/Prodir take the podium as top team of the 90th
Giro d'Italia. Three riders in the top 15m and the Maglia Verde climbers jersey.
Photo c. Saunier Duval/Prodir
Neo-pro Ermanno Capelli will replace Manuele Mori, whose healing process due
to a knee problem hasn't finished yet.
The Red Birds will arrive in Palermo on Wednesday night to spend a few days
this week in preparation for the first Grand Tour of 2008.
Getting tough for the Giro - Leonardo Piepoli trains in the Dolomites last week
Photo courtesy Saunier Duval/Scott
Pietro Algeri believes Piepoli has good chances to achieve good results. He's
also confident that Riccò will do very well. The Italian rider was training in
the steep Dolomites last week (see picture above) and he hopes he'll get better
results than last year.
2007 - Two Grand tours and two climbers jerseys! Leonardo Pieopoli's renaissance
continues during the Vuelta.
In 2007 Giro Riccò was 6th in the GC and took one of the queen stages.
"Riccardo has recovered from the bronchial problems that affected him in the
classics. We hope he'll be blessed with fine weather so that he can get even
better. His goals? Stepping up to the podium. Astana´s late-minute invite will
make things harder, as they're a very strong team. But Riccardo will try hard
and have a successful Giro d´Italia, I´m sure. Piepoli will focus on
high-mountain stages, and our other riders make up a balanced team who can work
for the leaders and also notch up stage wins."
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