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Rosa Jersey in Water and Soap
 
By Anita van Crey
Date: 5/7/2004
Rosa Jersey in Water and Soap
 
Acqua e Sapone sends a mix of young and older and various nationalities to this years Giro. The team which left the international cycling podium for a year take start in Genoa with the following riders:
Ruggero Marzoli (Ita)
Andrea Ferrigato (Ita)
Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita)
Bo Hamburger (Den)
Crescenzo D'Amore (Ita)
Fred Rodriguez (Usa)
Kyrylo Pospyeyev ((Ukr)
Ondrej Sosenka (Cze0
Gerhard Trampusch (Aut)

Ruggero Marzoli was born on the second of March 1976 in Pescara. He started out his professional career in 1999 with the Cantina Tollo team. He stayed in the team up until 2001 and then made the switch to Mobilvetta. In 2003 he raced in the Alessio-colors. In 2002 he won the fourth stage in the Giro d’Abruzzo (in Tollo) and the fifth stage of the Tirreno-Adriatico which finished in Rapagnano. The Giro D’Abruzzo is a race which suits him well, in 2004 he won in Cepagatti the second stage. This year he also finished first in the Settimana Ciclistica Internazionale Coppi-Bartali.

Thirtyfour year old Andrea Ferrigato did compete many Giro’s. His list of wins is long:
1991: Giro della Provincia di Reggio Calabria
1994: G.P. Cafè: Prologue
1994: 1st stage Giro D'Italia: Kranj-Slovenia
1995: G.P. Larciano
1996: G.P. Suisse (worldcup)
1996: Trofeo Matteotti
1996: Leeds International (worldcup)
1996: Giro di Romagna
1996: Championships of Zürich
1997: 1 stage Tirreno-Adriatico: Corinaldo
1997: G.P. Ouest-France : Plouay
1999: Trofeo Pantalica-Solarino
1999: Tour of Bern
1999: 1st stage 4-days of Dunkerque: Boulogne-sur-Mer
2001: Volta ao Algarve
2002: 2nd stage Etoile de Bessèges, Sainte-Tulle
2003: 1st stage Giro della Liguria, Diano Marina
2003: GP Nobili Rubinetterie
He started his career back in 1991 at Ariostea and changed in 1994 to the ZG-Mobili team. Via ZG-Selle Italia, Roslotto-ZG, Vitalicio Seguros, Ballan-Alessio and Fassa Bortolo he ended up in 2001 with Alessio.

After having raced for Mapei, Fassa Bortolo and Formaggi Rinaldo Nocentini this year made the switch to Acqua e Sapone. The at 25-09-1977 in Montevarchi born started professional racing in 1999 and now will compete in the Giro. Along his side another former Quickstepper Crescenzo D’Amore will take start in Genua. The Napoli born (02-04-1979) this year won the third stage in the Settimana Ciclistica Internazionale Coppi-Bartali.

After winning the Austrian Mountain Championships international attraction was drawn to Gerhard Trampush. Via Team Tirol, Telekom and again Mapei he could speak German again at Gerolsteiner. He too switched to Italy this year and set himself the goal to compete in the Giro. Mission accomplished.

Czechian Ondrej Sosenka raced for two years in Poland before switching to Italy this season. He did win more races in former Eastern Europe (1999: Tour of Slovakia, 2001: 7th B stage Tour of Poland in Karpacz, 2001: Overall classification Tour of Poland, 2002: Overall classification Peace Race, 2002: National championships timetrail, 2002: 8th stage Tour of Poland in Karpacz, 2003: 4th stage Peace Race in Walbrzych, 2003: 4th stage Tour de Slovakia in Tatranska Lomnica, 2003: 5th stage Tour de Slovakia in Stary Smokovec as well as the overall classification of the Tour de Slovakia).

Good old Bo Hamburger did compete in the Giro four times so far:
1995: nr. 95
1999: nr. 56
2002: nr. 77
2003: nr. 54

He was caught for doping-use in 2001 and expelled of cycling for his live by the Danish cycling union. The Sportstribunale though in 2002 considered matters ended and allowed Hamburger back in racing again. The tiny Dane has had his share of victoryflowers:
1994: Omloop der Vlaamse Ardennen Ichtegem (Bel)
1994: Criterium Ichtegem (Bel)
1994: 1 stage Tour de France: Trelissac
1994: Criterium Wateringen (Hol)
1994: Criterium Heule
1995: 1 stage Tour of Denmark
1995: Criterium Aarhus
1996: G.P. Vallonia
1997: 1st stage Catalunia: Andorra
1998: G.P. Hadsten (Den)
1998: 1 stage Vuelta Valanciana: Calpe
1998: 1 stage Tour Basque
1998: Fleche Wallone
1998: Criterium Charlottem (Den)
2000: 4th stage Paris - Nice 2000: National Championships Road Race.

Young Ukrainian Kyrylo Pospyeyev finds himself at home in Italy. This year so far he scored two second places. The 30-12-1975 born finished runner up in the fourth stage of the Circuit Cycliste de la Sarthe and in the Trofeo dell’Etna.

Last but certainly not least in the team is US Fast Freddy Rodriguez. At his website he mentions 2 Time USPRO Champion: 2000, 2001 (road race), 2nd Milan-San Remo: 2002, 2nd Gent-Wevelgem: 2002, U.S. Olympic Men's Road Cycling Team Member: 2000, World Road Cycling Championships: 1993, 1995, 1999, 2000, 2002, Junior National Road Champion: 1991 (road race, team time trial), and U.S. National Team: 1993-95 as the highlights in his career so far. His list of results is an impressive one:
1995: First Union Invitational
1996 2 stages Fresca International
1996 Overall Classification Fresca International
1996 1st stage Giro della Cina
1996 Criterium Oakland
1997 1 stage Redland Classic
1997 1 stage della Bassa Sassonia
1997 1st stage Fresca International
1997 2 stages Colorado Red River Classic
1997 Overall Classification Colorado Red River Classic
1998 2 stages Tour de Malaysia
1998 1 stage Niedersachsen Rundfahrt
1999 1 stage Tour de Malaysia: Langkawi
1999: Schaal Sels
1999 1 stage Trans Canada: Port Hope 2
2000 1 stage Tour of Switzerland
2000: 5th stage Quatre Jours de Dunkerque
2000: First Union Classic
2000: National Championships Road Race
2001: First Union USPRO Championships
2001: 1st stage Tour of Luxemburg, Dippach
2003: 3rd stage Tour of Rhodes, Rhodos
2003: 3rd stage Tour de Georgia, Rome
2003: 4th stage Tour de Georgia, Gainesville

The team will compete their best at homesoil.

Palmares info thanks to www.dewielersite.net

 
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