Alberto Loddo, fresh from five victories at the Tour de Langkawi, was presented along with the Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni-Selle Italia team of Gianni Savio yesterday in Vicenza. The Italian sprinter is the big hope for the Venezuela registered team, numbering 17 riders for 2007, who will know in the next 24 hours if it will race in the Giro d'Italia.
Savio has long played a good hand in the Giro d'Italia, but his team is up against seven other wild cards for the nod from RCS Sport. Surely, past successes, like the third overall of José Rujano in 2005, and the 10 victories already achieved in 2007 will help.
28 year-old Loddo would love to see an invitation in the Corsa Rosa; the race makes a rare appearance in Sardegna, and the third stages finishes in his home area of Cagliari. But he is not Savio's only ace for 2007, there are riders like Wladimir Belli, seventh in the 2004 Giro, Sergio Barbero, winner of the 2003 Japan Cup, Santo Anzà, winner of 2006 Giro di Romagna, Alessandro Bertolini and Colombian José Serpa.
Savio also expects to see great things from neo-pro, Colombian Fabio Andres Duarte Arevalo.
For the full team roster, please visit the Cyclingnewsteams database.