Liquigas has confirmed the signing of Italian sprinter Daniele Bennati for the following two seasons. The Tour de France final stage winner's move has been speculated in the press in recent weeks, but until now hadn't been confirmed by the Italian ProTour squad.
Bennati has had a great season so far this year, taking two stage victories at the Tour de France, as well as taking the Vuelta a España's first leader's jersey after winning the opening stage. Along with Filippo Pozzato, Bennati will be the team's captain in one day races well as the sprints at the major tours
Liquigas has also signed 22 year-old Polish rider Maciej Bodnar to the team, commencing on September 1 this year. The two time national time trial champion of Poland will make his debut with the team at the Tour of Poland which starts this Sunday.
The 2008 line up for Liquigas includes: Michael Albasini, Manuel Beltrán, Leonardo Bertagnolli, Eros Capecchi, Kjell Carlström, Dario Cataldo, Francesco Chicchi, Mauro Da Dalto, Murilo Fischer, Roman Kreuziger, Aleksandr Kuschynski, Vladimir Miholjevic, Matej Mugerli, Vincenzo Nibali, Andrea Noè, Franco Pellizotti, Roberto Petito, Filippo Pozzato, Manuel Quinziato, Guido Trenti, Alessandro Vanotti, Charles Wegelius and Frederik Willems.