Team Barloworld's Robert Hunter, Chris Froome and Daryl Impey arrived yesterday in Italy, and collected their new bikes and clothing ready for the 2008 season. The three South African riders will gather with the rest of the team on Thursday, January 17, for the team's first training camp of the new season.
The Professional Continental Team will stay in Marina di Bibbona on the Tuscan coast for nine days of intense training. The riders and team staff will meet Barloworld management from South Africa and plan in detail for the new season. The only rider not certain to arrive in time for the training camp is Colombia's Mauricio Soler. The 2007 Tour de France mountain's champion is expected to arrive a few days later due to a delay in obtaining his visa.