2009 Tour Down Under - Italian ProTour Squads
Liquigas & Lampre/NGC teams Confirm Squads for the TDU.
Italian ProTour Teams Added To 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 the 2008
TourDown Under, so we expect them to be tough competition in 2009,” said
MikeTurtur, Tour Down Under Race Director.
2008 Tour of Missouri stage 7: Francesco Chicchi celebrates his 7th win of the
year. Photo ©
2008 Action Images
Tirreno-Adriatico another lucky 7 for the Italian sprinter, Sage 7 was won by
Francesco Chicchi (Liquigas) ahead of Danilo Napolitano (Lampre) and High Road's
Mark Cavendish in a bunch sprint.
In 2008, Liquigas’ Francesco Chicchi finished first on Stage 7 of the
Tirreno-Adriatico and first on Stage 1a at the Settimana internazionale di Coppi
“Chicchi’s strengths are in the sprints, making him one to watch for SA
Lotteries Sprint jersey points,” said Turtur.
Lampre-N.G.C.’s Matteo Bono will bring invaluable Grand Tour experience to the
Tour Down Under after competing in the 2008 Tour de France.
“Matteo Bono turned professional in 2006 and his first pro win was stage 6 of the 2007 Tirreno-Adriatico,” said Turtur.
Both Italian teams have a strong supporter base in Australia with the South
Australian Italian community adopting these teams as their own.
“We all know how passionate Italians are, and we have come to expect good
performances by both the Lampre-N.G.C. and Liquigas teams,” said Turtur.
Matteo Bono (Italy)
Emanuele Bindi (Italy)
Andrew Grendene (Italy)
Mauro Santambrogio (Italy)
Vitaliy Buts (Ukraine)
Volodymyr Zagorodniy (Ukraine)
David Loosli (Switzerland)
Team Manager Bruno Vicino (Italy)
Macieji Bodnar (Poland)
Claudio Corioni (Italy)
Gianni Da Ros (Italy)
Jacopo Gaurnieri (Italy)
Aleksandr Kuchynski (Belorussia
Francesco Chicchi (Italy)
Frederick Willems (Belgium)
Team Manager Dario Mariuzzo (Italy)
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