Area Zero D’Amico has flown off to South America. This is the first important trip outside of Europe for the Italian continental team managed by Ivan De Paolis and Andrea Tonti. Team will take part at Vuelta a Colombia scheduled from 6 to 17 August.
“It’s the first time that we’re taking on such a challenging stage race, both for the number of race days as well as for the type of routes,” explains team manager Andrea Tonti. “We will be racing at consistently high altitudes. The route features long stages with lots of climbs; there will also be two time trials. For our riders, who are almost all new to the pros, except for Ciavatta and Pasqualon, it will be a completely new experience. It will be an important occasion especially to test their mettle in this context, understand what their current level actually is and the possibilities they have in a stage race of this length. With this in mind, over the summer we held some high altitude training camps in Bormio, pedalling on major alpine climbs. The guys are in good shape; we’re coming off the last two races we did in Tuscany where we performed well. In Colombia, considering the routes, our point men will primarily be Ciavatta and Petilli. With 23 teams and 190 riders lining up for the start, it’s obvious that the level in the race will be very high; for Colombian and South American riders in general this is clearly a much anticipated event with lots of buzz. Those of us at Area Zero, together with another German continental team, will be the only Europeans in the race so we will get a chance to measure ourselves against the South American professional world.”
6-17/08 Vuelta a Colombia UCI 2.1
Riders: Fabio Chinello, Paolo Ciavatta, Gianluca Leonardi, Gianluca Mengardo, Andrea Pasqualon, Simone Petilli, Marco Techio, Stefano Tonin.
D.s.: Massimo Codol.