Tuesday, August 28, 2012

New Owner of Liquigas-Cannondale: BRIXIA SPORT

Announcement from Brixia Sport:

The new leader of Liquigas-Cannondale: BRIXIA SPORT
-The company has acquired Liquigas Sport guaranteeing the continuation of the sports project.

-Company president Paolo Zani is joined by managing directors Roberto Amadio and Paolo Papetti.

-19 reconfirmations starting Basso, Sagan, Moser, Viviani and Caruso.

-Three new signings at the moment: De Marchi, Wurf and Krizek

Brixia Sport SpA is the new sports company that has taken over the Liquigas-Cannondale Pro Cycling Team project, the professional cycling team led by team manager Roberto Amadio. With Paolo Zani as president and Amadio and Paolo Papetti as managing directors, Brixia Sport has recently acquired Liquigas Sport SpA which has managed the green and blue team since 2004. The wealth of experience from eight years of racing will be not be wasted though as Brixia Sport plans to reinvest it in the team’s future. During next weeks the company will announce also the sponsors and the technical partners that will support this new adventure.

«This sports project was created with passion and produces excellent results so it couldn’t end here, » explained President Paolo Zani. «Therefore I decided to take over the company to ensure this invaluable experience is put to good use. Liquigas-Cannondale has achieved a highly commendable level of sporting performance and professionalism. It has accomplished so many successes and we want just as many in the future. We shall never forget the importance of how these have been achieved: we shall always be guided by the principles of sports ethics and transparency. We will strive to strengthen the organisation by making it more international and comprehensive, bringing young riders to the fore and setting ourselves ambitious goals. From a sports perspective, confirming riders such as Basso, Sagan, Moser, Viviani and Caruso is the first major step forward. »

The genesis of Brixia Sport has solid foundations and focuses on renewal. «We want to continue being exponents of modern, professional cycling with a first-rate organisation, » said team manager Amadio. «We need to use what we have created up to now as our new starting point. We plan to pursue a project with maximum attention to detail in every aspect of competitive riding that ensures athletes have the right frameworks, facilities and professionals at their disposal. We’ll concentrate on building a well-rounded team with top and up-and-coming riders. The most intriguing challenge will be to renew our organisation while retaining our character, particularly when it comes to selecting athletes: we are renowned for the way we bring on talented young riders, and this will be our main concern. We would like to thank those who, like Liquigas and Cannondale, have believed in and developed this project with us, and to those who give us the opportunity to expand it in the future. »

In view of 2013 season Brixia Sport has renewed the contracts of 19 riders from the current team for the 2013 season. Ivan Basso, Peter Sagan, Moreno Moser, Elia Viviani and Damiano Caruso will be reference riders of the team and will be joined by Stefano Agostini, Maciej Bodnar, Federico Canuti, Mauro Da Dalto, Ted King, Kristijan Koren, Paolo Longo Borghini, Alan Marangoni, Maciej Paterski, Daniele Ratto, Fabio Sabatini, Juraj Sagan, Cristiano Salerno e Josè Cayetano Sarmiento.

Three, at the moment, the new signings: Italian Alessandro De Marchi (from Androni-Venezuela), Austrian Matthias Krizek (neo-professional rider from Marchiol-Emisfero-Site) and Australian Cameron Wurf (from Champion System) that already wear the Liquigas-Cannondale jersey in 2011. In addition to completing the squad, Brixia Sport’s plans for the immediate future also include focusing on maintain the team’s UCI WorldTour licence that team had already till 2014.

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