Saunier Duval-Prodir decided to bet on young riders, which can be seen in the three-year contract signed with Eros Capecchi (21), who comes from Liquigas. Capecchi made his professional debut with the Italian team last season.
The Italian rider was national junior champion 2004, and got fourth in the World Cycling Championships, in Verona, that year. Two years later he became the youngest rider of the UCI ProTour. In his two seasons as a pro, Capecchi was third in stages of the Tour of Luxembourg and Settimana Lombarda, and fifth in stage five of the 2006 Volta a Catalunya, ahead of Erik Zabel.
With Capecchi's signing, Saunier Duval-Prodir is showing its intention to give young riders a chance. The Italian, who hails from Castiglione del Lago, in the province of Perugia, is the ninth "red bird," including Arkaitz Durán, Alberto Fernández De La Puebla, Javier Mejías, Raúl Alarcón, Aurélien Passeron, Ermanno Capelli, Beñat Intxausti and Héctor González, under 24 years of age and part of the promising future for the yellow squad.
Mejías is the current leader of the Vuelta a Chihuahua Internacional.