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Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni - Androni Giocattoli 2009
By Bart Hazen
Date: 1/15/2009
Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni - Androni Giocattoli 2009

Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni - Androni Giocattoli 2009

The 2009 Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni - Androni Giocattoli team was presented last week. The team of manager Gianni Savio has a strong team with Italian "veterans" Gilberto Simoni and Davide Rebellin as team captains.

Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni-Androni Giocattoli is an Italian Professional Continental Team and currently riding with a Venezuelan license. The main sponsor of the team is Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni which is specialized in manufacturing doors and frames. Co-sponsor Androni Giocattoli is a company that manufactures (children's) toys.

The team
Photo 2008 Photoreporter Sirotti

The team for 2009 is a very strong and balanced team. Team captains are former Giro D'Italia winner Gilberto Simoni and 2008 Paris-Nice winner and classic specialist Davide Rebellin. The goal for both riders is to do well in the Giro D'Italia. Simoni wants to battle for the overall win while Rebellin is going to hunt for stage wins, with hopes to wear the Maglia Rosa for at least one day. Davide Rebellin has also set his focus on the World Championships in Mendrisio later in the year. For Gilberto Simoni 2009 will be his last season as a professional.

The boys of manager Gianni Savio
Photo 2008 Photoreporter Sirotti

Along with Rebellin and Simoni, another talented star is on the team, Alessandro Bertolini. Bertolini won a stage in the Giro last year and was one of the best riders of the team the year before when he won several of Italian Semi-Classics.

Davide Rebellin
Photo 2008 Photoreporter Sirotti

The team is also counting on talented Francesco Ginanni. Ginanni had a real breakthrough year in 2008 with victories in the Giro del Veneto, Tre Valli Varesine and the GP Industria e Commercio Artigianato Carnaghese.

The team has added some fast legs for the finishes with strong sprinters Alberto Loddo (Tinkoff), Elia Rigotto (Milram) and Mattia Gavazzi (Preti Mangimi). Mattia Gavazzi is one of the hot prospects for the future who won a stages in the Brixia Tour, the Circuit de Lorraine, the Settimana Lombarda, and the Giro di Toscana last season.

Gilberto Simoni
Photo 2008 Photoreporter Sirotti

Another returning Italian rider in the team is Michele Scarponi. Scarponi who joined the team in August 1, 2008 after serving a doping suspension is up to battle again for victories in the Italian races.

The team captains: Simoni and Rebellin
Photo 2008 Photoreporter Sirotti

The team adds international talent to its squad with Spaniard Luis Angel Mate and three South Americans: Jackson Rodriguez (Ven), Carlos Ochoa (Ven) and Jose Serpa (Col).

Riders Santo Anza (Amica Chips), Gabriele Missaglia (retires), Danilo Hondo, Daniele Nardello (Fuji-Servetto), Niklas Axelsson, Raffaele Illiano and a few others left the team this year.

On the right team manager Gianni Savio
Photo 2008 Photoreporter Sirotti

The big goal of the team will be the Giro D'Italia. Gilberto Simoni, once again will be back to go battle for his third overall win in his career. He will be supported by Michele Scarponi.

The team has enough talented riders who will be capable of winning stages with Alessandro Bertolini, Davide Rebellin, Francesco Ginanni and others. The team is also hoping for a wild card for the Vuelta a Espana in September.

The team car
Photo 2008 Photoreporter Sirotti

For the Italian one-day races the team can count on World Cup winner Davide Rebellin, Alessandro Bertolini and Francesco Ginanni.

2009 team
Manuel Belletti (Ita)
Thomas Bertolini (Ita)
Alessandro Bertolini (Ita)
Luca Celli (Ita)
Mattia Gavazzi (Ita)

Talented Mattia Gavazzi
Photo 2008 Photoreporter Sirotti

Francesco Ginanni (Ita)
Alberto Loddo (Ita)
Luis Angel Mate (Spa)
Leonardo Moser (Ita)
Carlos Ochoa (Ven)
Davide Rebellin (Ita)
Elia Rigotto (Ita)
Jackson Rodriquez (Ven)

Michele Scarponi
Photo 2008 Photoreporter Sirotti

Fabio Taborre (Ita)
Michele Scarponi (Ita)
Luca Scolari (Ita)
Jose Serpa (Col)
Gilberto Simoni (Ita)
Denis Bertolini (Ita)
Francesco De Bonis (Ita)
Nazareno Rossi (Ita)

The boys having fun
Photo 2008 Photoreporter Sirotti

Most Important victories 2008
Giro d'Italia, stage 11 (GR): Alessandro Bertolini
Giro del Veneto (1.HC): Fransesco Ginanni
Giro del Appeninno (1.1): Alessandro Bertolini
Tre Valli Varesine (1.HC): Fransesco Ginanni
GP Industria e Commercio Artigianato (1.1): Fransesco Ginanni

Luca Celli (R) is one of the new signings coming from the Italian LPR team
Photo 2008 Photoreporter Sirotti

Brixia Tour (2.1): Santo Anza
Tirreno-Adriatico, rit 2 (PT): Raffaele Illiano
Clasico Banfoandes (2.2): Jose Serpa
Vuelta a Venezuela (2.2): Carlos Ochoa
Tour de Langkawi (2.HC): Ruslan Ivanov

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