Team Barloworld is set to depart from Rome, Italy, on January 9, destination Australia. Lead by directeur sportif Alberto Volpi, the team will be participating in the Down Under Classic on January 16 and the Tour Down Under from January 17-21.
Four new additions will be making their race debut for Barloworld in Australia: South African Robert Hunter, young British talent Geraint Thomas, the experienced Fabrizio Guidi and Paolo Longo Borghini. Completing the team will be Diego Caccia, 2006 Peace Race winner Gianpaolo Cheula, sprinter Enrico Degano and James Perry.
Following the conclusion of the Tour Down Under, the team will return to Italy to join their team-mates at the training camp to be held in Castagneto Carducci, Tuscany, from January 31 to February 9.