The Area Zero Pro Team enterprise is going forward. The new, all-Italian continental formation is headed by team managers Ivan De Paolis and Andrea Tonti. The team will be working hard as of today, Friday January 24th, until February 1st, at the team retreat that is being held in Massa Marittima, in the Province of Grosseto, at the Podere Massa Vecchia hotel.
All 11 riders who will be making up the ranks of the Area Zero Pro Team for the 2014 season will be participating in the retreat. They are: Giovanni Carboni, Fabio Chinello, Paolo Ciavatta, Silvio Giorni, Gianluca Leonardi, Gianluca Mengardo, Andrea Pasqualon, Charly Petelin, Simone Petilli, Marco Tecchio and Stefano Tonin.
D.S. Massimo Codol finally parked his bike this year, and this will be his first job working from the team car. He explains. “Since our first retreat in Urbino in December, where we laid out the basis of our plans, the riders have been continuing their workouts and training with dedication and commitment. They are being followed closely by our technical staff, primarily Ivan De Paolis, who will also be following the guys from the team car, like me. Everything is going according to plan. The weather forecast is good and temperatures are supposed to be very mild. This will allow us to carry out perfect training programs, whether working on long distances or doing specific workouts.”
“The GP Costa degli Etruschi will be the official racing debut for the Area Zero Pro Team,” says Andrea Tonti. “We have been working hard and giving it our all for this project, which is finally coming to fruition. There is fantastic enthusiasm among our guys and the entire group. The riders, especially the younger ones, know well that they are here to learn how to act and behave in the professional world, because the move to the pros is never easy. Of course, we are only just starting out. Let’s say that we are at kilometre zero in this new adventure, but everyone involved, whether athlete or staff member, is determined to continue on this path of trying to achieve the best at all times.”