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2010 Acqua e Sapone team presented in L'Aquila

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Francesco Di Paolo

Francesco Di Paolo
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Stefano Garzeilli rides along on a chilly day.

Stefano Garzeilli rides along on a chilly day.
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Less than a year later, the buildings are still in ruins near l'Aquila.

Less than a year later, the buildings are still in ruins near l'Aquila.
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On the way to L'Aquila

On the way to L'Aquila
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The team passes more destroyed buildings

The team passes more destroyed buildings
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Stefano Garzelli rides before the team presentation

Stefano Garzelli rides before the team presentation
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Riders pass destroyed buildings outside L'Aquila

Riders pass destroyed buildings outside L'Aquila
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The team Bottecchia

The team Bottecchia
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The team holds up the Forza l'Aquila shirt

The team holds up the Forza l'Aquila shirt
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F1 driver Jarno Trulli with Stefano Garzelli.

F1 driver Jarno Trulli with Stefano Garzelli.
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Stefano Garzelli shows the new team kit.

Stefano Garzelli shows the new team kit.
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Riders confer during the team presentation.

Riders confer during the team presentation.
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The 2010 Acqua e Sapone team

The 2010 Acqua e Sapone team
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The team is presented with the 'Forza l'Aquila' shirt.

The team is presented with the 'Forza l'Aquila' shirt.
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Stefano Garzelli in the 2010 Acqua e Sapone kit

Stefano Garzelli in the 2010 Acqua e Sapone kit
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Riders get together before the start of the ride.

Riders get together before the start of the ride.
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Simone Masciarelli

Simone Masciarelli
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Cayetano Sarmiento

Cayetano Sarmiento
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Giuseppe Palumbo

Giuseppe Palumbo
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Francesco Masciarelli

Francesco Masciarelli
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Didac Ortega

Didac Ortega
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Luca Paolini

Luca Paolini
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Vladimir Miholjevic

Vladimir Miholjevic
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Ruggero Marzoli

Ruggero Marzoli
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Luca Pierfelici

Luca Pierfelici
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Andrea Masciarelli

Andrea Masciarelli
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Luca Paolini

Luca Paolini
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Riders prepare for a spin through the earthquake damaged city.

Riders prepare for a spin through the earthquake damaged city.
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Dario Andriotto

Dario Andriotto
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Massimo Donati

Massimo Donati
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Reinier Honig

Reinier Honig
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Massimo Codol

Massimo Codol
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Paolo Ciavatta

Paolo Ciavatta
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Francesco Failli

Francesco Failli
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The Acqua e Sapone team held its official presentation in L’Aquila on Sunday, the central Italian town devastated by a major earthquake in the spring on 2009.

Acqua e Sapone is the only team based in the Abruzzo region and will have a special ‘Forza L’Aquila’ logo on the 2010 jersey in support of an association formed by well-known athletes from the region, including Formula 1 driver Jarno Trulli. The non-profit 'Forza l'Aquila' association aims to raise enough funds to build a new sports complex in the much damaged city.

The Acqua e Sapone team is again a Professional Continental team in 2010 and is hoping for a ride in the Giro d’Italia. Stage 11 of this year’s Giro d’Italia will finish in L’Aquila on May 19.

The team line-up is largely unchanged with veteran Stefano Garzelli the stage race leader and Luca Paolini the protected rider for the sprints and one-day races.

Garzelli was second in last year’s Tirreno-Adriatico and was seventh overall in the Giro, while Paolini was part of the Italian team at the world championships.

New riders for 2010 include Rafaâ Chtioui from Tunisia, who was second in the 2004 junior world road race championships, Reiner Honig, who arrives from Vacansoleil, and former Liquigas domestique Vladimir Miholjevic. Perhaps the most pormising rider is Colombia’s Cayetano Sarmiento. He won the amateur Giro d’Italia stage race in 2009 and directeur sportif Franco Gini is convinced he has discovered the next great Colombian climber.

The team also includes Andrea, Francesco and Simone Masciarelli, who are all sons of team manager and former professional Palmiro Masciarelli. Francesco is a talented climber and finished 17th overall in the 2009 Giro d’Italia. He could win a stage and challenge for the climber’s jersey in this year’s race if the team is invited.

Acqua e Sapone 2010 line-up:

Dario Andriotto
Rafaâ Chtioui
Paolo Ciavatta
Massimo Codol
Francesco Di Paolo
Alessandro Donati
Francesco Failli
Alessandro Fantini
Stefano Garzelli
Reinier Honig
Ruggero Marzoli
Andrea Masciarelli
Francesco Masciarelli
Simone Masciarelli
Vladimir Miholjevic
Giuseppe Palumbo
Luca Paolini
Luca Pierfelici
Jose Cayetano Sarmiento Tunarrosa