Footon-Servetto signs seven

Vitoria, Merlo, Corti confirmed for youthful squad

The Footon-Servetto team announced seven new signings for the 2010 season, showing an emphasis on young Spanish riders for its rejuvenated ProTour squad.

The team confirmed that Swiss rider David Vitoria will join from Rock Racing along with Italians Michele Merlo and Macro Corti from Barloworld.

Also named are 26-year-old David Gutiérrez Gutiérrez, winner of a stage of the Circuito Montañes and 22-year-old David Gutiérrez Palacios (Camargo elite-2), a Spanish U23 road race champion and the younger brother of José Iván Gutiérrez Palacios.

Also signed is Rafael Valls from Burgos Monumental, who led Circuito Montañes this year for two stages and placed fourth overall, and Colombian Miguel Ángel Rubiano from Centri della Calzatura-Partizan.

The team will also retain the services of Eros Capecchi (23), Arkaitz Durán (23), Alberto Benítez (29) and Ermanno Capelli (25), while Beñat Intxausti chose not to renew his contract with the team.

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