The eight man Lampre-Caffita team, directed by Guido Bontempi, has flown out from Rome to Kuala Lumpur, bound for Adelaide, Australia where it will prepare for the Jacob's Creek Tour Down Under (January 18-23). It will be Bontempi's fourth visit to the race after spending the past three years directing the Saeco team there. "For us at Lampre-Caffita, as of the rest for all the teams, the Tour Down Under is the start of a long season for us, and we do not want to purely go for favourable results," he said. "We will be looking at results from the sprinters and riders who are looking to do well in the early season races.
"We have two interesting young riders who will be looking at showing some talent, namely Bonomi and Marzoli, then we have Gilberto Simoni who will be starting his 11th season as a pro rider, and wants to start the season with a good direction for the rest of the season."
Bontempi added that the penultimate stage in Willunga on January 22 will be the critical one. "It is the most difficult of the stages and will be the decisive stage for overall victory, with difficult climbs," he said.
The Lampre - Caffita team is: Gilberto Simoni (Ita), Daniele Righi (Ita), Giosue Bonomi (Ita), Paolo Fornaciari (Ita), Juan Fuentes (Spa), David Loosli (Swi), Samuele Marzoli (Ita) and Dario Pieri (Ita).
More information: www.tourdownunder.com.au