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Lampre-Caffita behind the Skoda wheel

By:
Susan Westemeyer
Published:
April 15, 2005, 1:00 BST,
Updated:
April 20, 2009, 23:52 BST
Edition:
First Edition Cycling News for April 15, 2005

Last year's supplier of official vehicles to the Tour de France will also be supplying vehicles to...

Last year's supplier of official vehicles to the Tour de France will also be supplying vehicles to Italian ProTour team, Lampre-Caffita. Czech car manufacturer Skoda has given 10 vehicles for the squad to use during the 2005 season, with nine Octavia wagons and one top-of-the-line Superb hatchback.

Giuseppe Saronni, General Manager of the Lampre-Caffita team, said: "It is a sponsorship of great value, and we would like to thank Skoda for their dedication and also in believing in us as a ProTour team." Accompanying Saronni at the car company's Autogerma headquarters was the team's star rider, Damiano Cunego, who added: "The vehicle is fantastic, elegant with lots of space."

Three of the vehicles will also be equipped with four-wheel drive and an electronic clutch - which may come in handy when driving up the mountain passes in this year's Giro d'Italia.

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