New Italian team unveils its first 16 riders for 2010
New Italian team, De Rosa-Stac Plastic, named its first riders for the 2010 season today. The team is composed of riders all less than 28 years old, with the exception of Slovenian Jure Golcer, 32, winner of last year's Tour de Slovénie.
"We are really happy and satisfied of the step we took," said Cristiano De Rosa. "We decided to invest and become the title sponsor because we are a cycling company and believe in this project."
De Rosa is one of Italy's most well-known frame manufacturers. Founder Ugo De Rosa supplied frames for Belgian Eddy Merckx and team Molteni, who brought the manufacturer many wins. He and his three sons continued supplying frames, this year for LPR Brakes, Acqua & Sapone and Rock Racing.
"We have the idea of a long term project," continued Ugo's son, Cristiano. "I hope that over the year organisers, not only Italian, will be interested in inviting us to their races."
De Rosa-Stac Plastic will be a second division, Professional Continental, team. The team will likely participate in most Italian races, including the Giro d'Italia.
The team will use De Rosa King 3 and RS frame, said Cristiano De Rosa.