By Kirsten Robbins
Brazil's Luciano Pagliarini, former Scott-American Beef sprinter and Italy's Paolo Bailetti, former LPR-Ballan all-rounder, signed one-year contracts with International team H2O according to team manger Francesco Frattini.
The Canadian-based team has confirmed signing fourteen riders including Ukrainian Ruslan Pidgornyy from LPR-Ballan, Switzerland's Rubens Bertogliati (Scott-American Beef), Spain's Sergio Pardilla and French riders Benoit Berges, Patrice Halgand and Aurélien Passeron.
Additional signings include Latvian Raivis Belohvosciks, Lubos Pelanek from Czech Republic and Mikaël Szkolnik. Neo pro riders making their debut on the professional squad are Micula Dematteis from Italy along with Spanish brothers Pedro and Jesus Merino.
Contract negotiations continue with the Italian national champion from Ceramica-Flaminia, Filippo Simeoni and Gerolsteiner rider Davide Rebellin.