Bardiani-CSF Pro Cycling Team is going to introduce 2017 season taking part in 35th Vuelta Ciclista a la Provincia de San Juan, Argentina. The seven stages of the race, scheduled from January 23 to 29, will be the first test bench of the #GreenTeam’s season. Race route measures 927 km and includes five stages suited – on paper – for sprinters, 12 km individual time trial and one summit finish stage. The team will fly to South America on January 19 and will return to Italy on the 31st.
Line up – The #GreenTeam squad, as well as other teams, includes six riders. Key rider, looking to stages’ profiles, will be Nicola Ruffoni, sprinter coming from a great 2016 season with three wins (GP Beghelli and two stages at Tour of Austria). Mirco Maestri , Lorenzo Rota and neo-pro Niccolò Pacinotti will support team ambitions, as well as Luca Wackermann (personal debut with Bardiani-CSF’s jersey) and Edoardo Zardini, the leaders for the mountain stage. DS Stefano Zanatta will manage the squad.
Quote – “2016 has been an excellent season and our aim for the new one is continuing along on the same path” said Zanatta. “We know it will be an hard challenge, but we have trust in new additions, starting from Wackermann and Pacinotti, and we’ll count on team’s desire to confirm 2016 exploits. Winter training has been good, without any hiccups so far – there are premises for a positive debut”.
Facts – For the six riders will be first experience in Argentina, while the #GreenTeam already started its season in South American country on 2013. 24 will be the average age of the team, with Rota and Pacinotti the youngest (1995, 21 years old) and Zardini the oldest (1989, 27 years old). Vuelta de San Juan will be the first race as professional rider for Pacinotti, while Zardini and Wackermann will be the most experienced starting their fifth season as pros. Stefano Zanatta will start his 22nd consecutive year in as team director.