Mario Androni will return to the sport of cycling as a co-sponsor of Gianni Savio's Italian Professional Continental Team. Androni Giocattoli ('Androni Toys') will replace Selle Italia for the coming 2008 season, which will also see two-time Giro d'Italia champion Gilberto Simoni amongst those on the team's roster.
The Italian manufacturer of saddles, Selle Italia, will remain onboard as a technical sponsor. Guerciotti and Santini will continue to sponsor the team with bikes and clothing, respectively. (See our EICMA section for more on Guerciotti frames for 2008.)
This year the team was very successful with 32 wins, including the Giro dell'Appennino, Coppa Agostoni, Giro del Veneto, Trofeo Melinda, Coppa Placci and the final classification of the Coppa Italia and UCI Europe Tour, both won by Alessandro Bertolini.
Sixteen riders will form the 2008 team: Italians Gilberto Simoni, Alessandro Bertolini, Santo Anzà, Denis Bertolini, Emiliano Donadello, Gabriele Missaglia, Leonardo Moser, Manuel Belletti and Francesco Ginanni, Colombian José Serpa, Swede Niklas Axelsson, Moldavian Ruslan Ivanov and Venezuelans Carlos José Ochoa, Richard Ochoa, Jesus Perez and Jakson Rodriguez.