Reports Savio has signed sprinter
According to a report in the Dutch media Kenny van Hummel is on the verge of announcing a new team for 2014 with Gianni Savio’s Androni Giocattoli squad set to snap up the Dutch sprinter. The 31-year-old has been looking for a new team after it was confirmed that Vacansoleil would end their WorldTour sponsorship at the end of 2013.
Savio has already signed Van Hummel’s current teammate and the Dutch national road champion Johnny Hoogerland in the transfer market but de telegraaf report that Van Hummel will be linking up with the Androni team as well.
Van Hummel, once dubbed the worst climber in Tour de France history by ASO’s Jean François Peucheux, has been a consistent winner ever since turning professional with Skil Shimano in 2006. He formed part of their inaugural Tour de France team in 2009 before moving to Vacansoleil at the start of 2012, after winning eight races in his final season with Skil. However he one just once in his each of his two years with Vacansoleil.
Savio may still have one place remaining on his team but riders confirmed for 2014 include sprinter Mattia Gavazzi, Marco Frapporti, Emanuele Sella, Patrick Facchini, Matteo Di Serafino, Antonino Parrinello, Carlos Ochoa, Jackson Rodriguez and Diego Rosa.
Neo-pros include Yonder Godoy the Venezuelan Under 23 champion, Italy's Nicola Testi, Andrea Zordan and Gianfranco Zilioli.