By Gregor Brown
Italian Daniele Nardello has signed with Gianni Savio's Professional Continental Team Serramenti Diquigiovanni-Androni. The 35 year-old from Varese has joined recent signings of Gilberto Simoni and Danilo Hondo, and completes the 2008 line-up.
The 2001 Italian Champion signed a one-year contract with the Italian-Venezuelan formation, leaving Professional Continental Team LPR. Before riding for LPR in 2007, Nardello rode for Telekom / T-Mobile from 2003 to 2006 and Mapei from 1994 to 2002. Besides the Italian Championships, the cagey rider took out wins in the 1995 and 1999 Paris-Bourges, 1996 Milano-Torino, 1998 Tour de France stage 13, 1999 Vuelta a España stage 11, 2000 and 2001 Tour du Haut Var and 2003 Championship of Zurich.
Eighteen riders will form the 2008 team: Italians Gilberto Simoni, Alessandro Bertolini, Santo Anzà, Denis Bertolini, Emiliano Donadello, Gabriele Missaglia, Leonardo Moser, Daniele Nardello, Manuel Belletti and Francesco Ginanni, German Danilo Hondo, Colombian José Serpa, Swede Niklas Axelsson, Moldavian Ruslan Ivanov and Venezuelans Carlos José Ochoa, Richard Ochoa, Jesus Perez and Jakson Rodriguez.
The Italian manufacturer of saddles, Selle Italia, will remain with Team Serramenti Diquigiovanni-Androni as a technical sponsor. Guerciotti and Santini will continue to sponsor the team with bikes and clothing, respectively.
For more on Savio read Viva (Selle) Italia.