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Proud Preatoni relaunches Domina Vacanze for 2005

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The Domina Vacanze team

The Domina Vacanze team (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Ernesto Preatoni

Ernesto Preatoni (Image credit: Sirotti)
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The Domina Vacanze Colnago bike for 2005

The Domina Vacanze Colnago bike for 2005 (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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The Domina Vacanze team will feel very tropical this year with the relaxing colours and palm trees

The Domina Vacanze team will feel very tropical this year with the relaxing colours and palm trees (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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The official table at the Domina Vacanze presentation

The official table at the Domina Vacanze presentation (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Team Manager Gianluigi Stanga talks

Team Manager Gianluigi Stanga talks (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Wladimir Belli, Ivan Quaranta, Mirko Celestino and Serhiy Gontchar with the owner of Domina Vancanze Travel company, Ernesto Preatoni.

Wladimir Belli, Ivan Quaranta, Mirko Celestino and Serhiy Gontchar with the owner of Domina Vancanze Travel company, Ernesto Preatoni. (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Wladimir Belli, Ivan Quaranta, Mirko Celestino and Serguei Gonchar looking pretty happy

Wladimir Belli, Ivan Quaranta, Mirko Celestino and Serguei Gonchar looking pretty happy (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Gianluigi Stanga, Ivan Quaranta and Gianni Bugno,

Gianluigi Stanga, Ivan Quaranta and Gianni Bugno, (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Ernesto Colnago and Pozzetto show off the bike

Ernesto Colnago and Pozzetto show off the bike (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Serguei Gonchar with the time trial bike

Serguei Gonchar with the time trial bike (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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The new clothing looking very bright

The new clothing looking very bright (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Serguei Gonchar and and Ernesto Preatoni in discussion at photo time

Serguei Gonchar and and Ernesto Preatoni in discussion at photo time (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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A round of applause

A round of applause (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Ernesto Preatoni cracks a joke

Ernesto Preatoni cracks a joke (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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The men in black

The men in black (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Neo pro Giovanni Visconti what's happening 15

Neo pro Giovanni Visconti what's happening 15 (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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The Domina quick man Ivan Quaranta

The Domina quick man Ivan Quaranta (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Wladimir Belli coming from Lampre

Wladimir Belli coming from Lampre (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Serguei Gonchar moves over from De Nardi

Serguei Gonchar moves over from De Nardi (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Mirko Celestino comes across from Saeco

Mirko Celestino comes across from Saeco (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Gianni Bugno

Gianni Bugno (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Ivan Quaranta

Ivan Quaranta (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Ernesto Preatoni

Ernesto Preatoni (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Jörg Ludewig comes across from Saeco

Jörg Ludewig comes across from Saeco (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Mirko Celestino

Mirko Celestino (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Mirko Celestino and Ivan Quaranta

Mirko Celestino and Ivan Quaranta (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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The full squad with Ernesto Preatoni

The full squad with Ernesto Preatoni (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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The team with Preatoni and Pozzetto

The team with Preatoni and Pozzetto (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Former Giro winners Gianni Bugno and Gianni Motta with Pozzetto

Former Giro winners Gianni Bugno and Gianni Motta with Pozzetto (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Pozzetto and Quaranta

Pozzetto and Quaranta (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Giovanni Visconti larger than life

Giovanni Visconti larger than life (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Jörg Ludewig in front of the team billboard

Jörg Ludewig in front of the team billboard (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Ivan Quaranta with Gianni Motta

Ivan Quaranta with Gianni Motta (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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The two Ernesto's Colnago and Preatoni

The two Ernesto's Colnago and Preatoni (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Ivan Quaranta and Ernesto Preatoni

Ivan Quaranta and Ernesto Preatoni (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)

Domina Vacanze presented its 2005 team at the Domina Genius hotel near Milano's Malpensa airport and the only thing that remained the same from last year's Division 2 team led by Mario Cipollini and this year's ProTour squad led by Serguei Gonchar was the name and the garrulous owner of the Domina Vacanze hotel and travel company, Ernesto Preatoni. New riders, new team management (mostly from the DeNardi-Colpack team) and new bike sponsor Colnago are all hallmarks of the 2005 edition of Domina Vacanze cycling squad.

With an array of cycling personalities present, including former Giro d'Italia winners Gianni Bugno and Gianni Motta, team bike sponsor Ernesto Colnago and former director of La Gazzetta dello Sport Candido Cannavo, Mr. Domina Preatoni is looking "above all" for results.

Preatoni told of how he made the transition from the team run last year by Vincenzo Santoni to one run by Gianlugi Stanga, and he explained that "I wanted to stay in cycling and when our team didn't get selected for the Tour De France last year, I asked my friend Hein Verbruggen [head of the UCI - ed.] who I should work with and he indicated Stanga."

Ernesto Colnago also was pleased with the initial collaboration with the new Domina Vacanze, telling Cyclingnews that "we are happy to be associated with Preatoni, Stanga and Domina Vacanze. This is one of two ProTour teams we will sponsor in 2005 along with Rabobank and I look forward to some excellent performances from the riders."

Domina Vacanze will count on three key riders to bring home the bacon in 2005. Looking to improve his runner-up spot in the 2004 Giro will be taciturn 34 year-old Ukrainian hardman Serguei Gonchar, while classics man Mirko Celestino will be DV leader for one day races. Sprinter Ivan Quaranta will be the Domina fastman and the exceptionally quick Italian hopes to be competitive at the top level of sprinting again in 2005. Stanga has also added some promising neo-pros to Domina Vacanze, including Andrey Grivko and former Italian and European U23 champ Giovanni Visconti.

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