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Liquigas confirms young talent for 2010 roster

By:
Gregor Brown
Published:
October 01, 2009, 14:14 BST,
Updated:
October 01, 2009, 15:32 BST
Edition:
Second Edition Cycling News, Thursday, October 1, 2009
Roberto Amadio with Liquigas star, Ivan Basso

Roberto Amadio with Liquigas star, Ivan Basso

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Youngsters make up majority of Liquigas' new riders for 2010 season

The majority of team Liquigas' new cyclists for 2010 are young, and talented. The Italian ProTour team confirmed to Cyclingnews seven new cyclists for 2010, four of whom are under 24-years-old.

Liquigas' seven new signings:
• Davide Cimolai
• Kristjan Koren
• Maciej Paterski
• Peter Sagan
• Francesco Bellotti (from Barloworld)
• Tiziano Dall'Antonia (from CSF Group)
• Mauro Finetto Finetto (from CSF Group)

Italian Cimolai, 20, and Pole Paterski, 23, both come from Liquigas' feeder team, Marchiol.

Cimolai won three races this year. "He is a rider that needs to grow, but with attention," team manager Roberto Amadio told Cyclingnews. Paterski has performed well with several promising places this year and, Amadio said, he is ready to become professional.

Slovakian Sagan is the youngest of the four, at 19-years-old. "He has huge potential based on tests we made," continued Amadio. "Even if he is only 19, we a prefer he grows under our attention and training staff, similar to Vincenzo Nibali and Roman Kreuziger."

He won the Slovakian one-day GP Kooperativa and a stage of Poland's Mazovia Tour this season.

Slovakian Koren, 22, performed well in Italy this year with two stage wins and fifth overall in the Baby Giro d'Italia. He also won a stage in both the Giro della Valle d'Aosta and Giro del Friuli-Venezia. At a height of 180 centimetres, Amadio believes he has a future in time trialling.

"We want this group to grow together, having some good results and forming a future for themselves."

Amadio will add Elia Viviani, 20, to the group in April. Viviani won the Scratch race at the Under-23 European track championships this month in Poland.

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