Italian ProTour squad Liquigas has packed its bags and boarded a flight designed for Australia, where the outfit will contest its first event on Australian shores with next week's Tour Down Under. The team's nominated riders left its headquarters in Cecina, Italy on Monday for the South Australian event which gets underway this Sunday evening with a criterium in the city of Adelaide.
The squad, headed by director sportif Dario Mariuzzo, will spend 15 days in Australia during January, with riders expected to return to Italy on January 30.
This month's Tour Down Under is the first event outside of Europe to run as a round of the ProTour.
Liquigas for TDU: Valerio Agnoli, Michael Albasini, Kjell Carlström, Mauro Da Dalto, Murilo Antonio Fischer, Vladimir Miholjevic and Ivan Santaromita.