Colavita/Sutter Home Cycling Teams presented by Cooking Light is gearing up to position the pro men's team for international races next year. The team is currently ranked number two in the US. Three of the team's top riders, Alejandro and Anibal Borrajo of Argentina and Luis Amaran of Cuba, have re-signed for 2009.
Directeur Sportif Sebastian Alexandre announced the news. "We've re-signed our core riders early in order to ensure for our current and future sponsors that Team Colavita will remain one of the best teams in America in 2009 and beyond," said Alexandre. Team Colavita Sports is heading into its seventh year, making it the one of the longest-running supporters of both men and women's team pro cycling in the US. The team has achieved nearly 20 individual victories, three team wins, and 25 podium appearances to date in 2008.
Alejandro Borrajo arrived in the US after six years of racing in Europe, including rides on the Italian pro teams Miche and Panaria, where he achieved seven top 10 finishes at the Giro D'Italia and other notable world class results. He is recognised as a versatile cyclist primarily known for his powerful sprint, but with strength and endurance for climbing. Borrajo started the current season with a third place finish in the prologue of the Tour de San Luis in Argentina and has so far gone on to capture three US pro victories, including the prestigious Redlands Bicycle Classic. His younger brother Anibal has also established himself as a cyclist to watch, with top 10 finishes in most of the major NRC criteriums this season.
Luis Amaran, who ranks in the top 10 in USA Cycling's NRC Men's Individual Standings, raced with the Cuban national team from 1998-2005 before moving to Spain. In his first three months racing with the Colavita/Sutter Home Men's Cycling Team, Amaran delivered two wins and two podium appearances, clearly establishing that he has the speed, talent, and potential for future victories.
Additional signings for the men's and women's teams will be announced later this summer.