Team Lampre's two new Ukranian recruits for the 2009 season, Volodymyr Zagorodniy and Vitaliy Buts, are ready for the World Championship races in Varese, Italy, later this week.
Zagorodniy will compete in the elite men's road race on Sunday. Known as a good climber, who turned pro in 2007, the 27-year-old has three victories to his name thus far: the Ukrainian Championship in 2007, the time trial stage of Riva del Garda in the Giro del Trentino 2008 and one stage in the Qinghai Lake Tour this year. Zagorodniy will make the move from another Italian squad, NGC Medical-OTC.
Buts first caught the attention of his patron Galbusera in 2006 when he won the Trofeo Lampre U23 race. The 22 year-old is known as a fast rider with good endurance. In 2007 he won the GP Agostano, Circuito Guazzorese, Circuito Pievese and Circuito Mezzanese, while in 2008, he collected six victories, with the most important at the Giro delle Regioni. Buts will be transferring from the Pagnoncelli NGC Perrel team but will first compete in the U23 road race at the worlds.