Italian women's team Michela Fanini Record Rox has held its first training camp for the season in Lido di Camaiore (Tuscany). Eleven riders, among them five non-Italians, rode together for ten days.
Directeur Sportif Alfonso Mottola liked what he saw. "I'm happy for their condition after the winter," said Mottola. "All the girls kept in a good form, but for a technical analysis, we have to wait a few weeks and for the first races."
Brunello Fanini's new team will meet again in Versilia for medical and performance tests and for more group training.
The 2009 roster is composed of Brazilians Rosane Kirch and Flavia Oliveira, Lithuanian Erika Vilunaite, Australian Carly Hibberd, American Carmen McNellis and Italians Eleonora Soldo, Giulia Lazzerini, Alessia Quarta, Sara Grifi, Samantha Galassi and Serena Mensa.
Kirch finished second overall and was the best climber at the Route de France.
"In these day's I noted a great group, in harmony," said Brunello Fanini. "This is the best way to begin the season. We'll try to be protagonists in every race we'll ride".
After this first camp, the team will continue with individual training and the girls will meet together at the end of February, a few days before first race of the season, the GP Brissago, in Switzerland, on March 7.