The new Canadian-backed Team H2O has started recruiting its roster for next season. French cycling website Cyclismag reported that the squad managed by Max Radoni has now officially signed Swiss rider Rubens Bertogliati (Scott-American Beef), who wore the Yellow jersey in the 2002 Tour de France, as well as Spaniard Sergio Pardilla (Burgos Monumental), winner of the 2007 Tour des Pyrénées.
The team, which hopes to become a Professional Continental outfit in 2009, also signed three Frenchmen: Patrice Halgand (Crédit Agricole), Aurélien Passeron (Scott-American Beef) and Mikaël Szkolnik (Albi VS).
Three amateur riders from Radoni's cycling club BC Vallauris - Micula Dematteis, Pedro and Jesus Merino - will also become pros within the team next year.
Meanwhile, talks to bigger names such as Davide Rebellin are ongoing, with Luca Paolini and Italian champion Filippo Simeoni reported to be close to signing.