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, 27 years-old, will compete in the elite men's road race on Sunday. Known as a good climber, who turned pro in 2007, he's got three victories to his name thus far: the Ukrainian Championship in 2007, time trial stage of Riva del Garda in Giro del Trentino 2008 and one stage in Qinghai Lake Tour 2008. Zagorodniy will make the move from NGC Medical-OTC to Lampre.
Buts first caught the attention of his patron Galbusera in 2006, when he won Trofeo Lampre U23 race. The 22 year-old is known as a fast rider with good stamina. 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. He will compete in the U23 road race at the worlds.