Savio's team remains with Italian brand
Gianni Savio’s Androni-Venezuela team will continue to ride Bianchi’s in 2014 after the Italian bicycle manufacturer announced that the team would ride the Sempre Pro for the second year running.
The all-carbon monocoque racing frame, with a larger downtube, internal cable routing and oversized chain stays, helped the squad to 13 victories in 2013 with wins the Giro della Toscana, a stage in the Tour de San Luis and the overall in the Vuelta a Venezuela.
Savio has been as busy as ever in the off-season, retaining former Italian champion Franco Pellizotti, and signing Dutch champion Johnny Hoogerland from the defunct Vacansoleil team.
The team will ride the Giro d’Italia in 2014. Bianchi will also retain their place in the WorldTour with Team Belkin set to use the Italian brand after ending their association with Giant at the end of this season.