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Androni Sidermec reveal new colours for 2016

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Young Colombian rider Egan Arley Bernal and team manager Gianni Savio show of the 2016 Androni Sidermec jersey

Young Colombian rider Egan Arley Bernal and team manager Gianni Savio show of the 2016 Androni Sidermec jersey
(Image credit: Androni Giocattoli)
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A happy Androni Giocattoli manager Gianni Savio with stage 1a winner Fabio Felline

A happy Androni Giocattoli manager Gianni Savio with stage 1a winner Fabio Felline
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The riders from the 2016 Androni Sidermec team

The riders from the 2016 Androni Sidermec team
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Riders check out a new helmet

Riders check out a new helmet
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Egan Arley Bernal in the 2016 Androni Sidermec colours

Egan Arley Bernal in the 2016 Androni Sidermec colours
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Pellizotti does a lactic test during training

Pellizotti does a lactic test during training
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Franco Pellizotti speaks to the team

Franco Pellizotti speaks to the team
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The riders go for a ride

The riders go for a ride
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The Androni Sidermec riders pose for a photo at the Pantani monument in Cesenatico

The Androni Sidermec riders pose for a photo at the Pantani monument in Cesenatico
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Team manager Gianni Savio

Team manager Gianni Savio
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(Image credit: Androni Giocattoli)
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Gianni Savio briefs his riders

Gianni Savio briefs his riders
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Gianni Savio explains the plan for the ride

Gianni Savio explains the plan for the ride
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The Androni riders out on the road

The Androni riders out on the road
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The 2016 Androni Sidermec team at the Pantani monument

The 2016 Androni Sidermec team at the Pantani monument
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The 2016 Androni Sidermec team held its first camp in Cesenatico

The 2016 Androni Sidermec team held its first camp in Cesenatico
(Image credit: Androni Giocattoli)

The Androni Sidermec team revealed their 2016 colours at a recent training camp in Cesenatico and Galzignano Terme, swapping the traditional multi-coloured kit for a more subtle red and white look.

The new jersey was shown off by team manager Gianni Savio and new signing Egan Arley Bernal. The 18-year-old Colombian joins the team after an early career in mountain biking, where he won a bronze medal in the junior cross country event at this year’s World Championships in Andorra. Savio apparently snapped him up after he won a race in Italy and showed impressive numbers in a test.

Also in the 2016 line-up for Androni Sidermec are Franco Pellizotti, Marco Bandiera, Marco Benfatto, Tiziano Dall'Antonia, Marco Frapporti, Alberto Nardin, Luca Pacioni, Daniele Ratto, Mirko Selvaggi, Alessio Taliani, Davide Viganò, Francesco Chicchi and Serghei Tvetcov.

Androni Sidermec were hit by two cases of doping in June of this year, with Fabio Taborre testing positive for the experimental drug FG-4592 and sprinter Davide Appollonio testing positive for EPO. The two cases sparked an automatic suspension from racing under new UCI rules and the under MPCC rules. Savio fought to overturn the ban, insisting they were not in any way related to the team but his appeal to the UCI was rejected.

The time in Cesenatico began with a seminar reiterating the team’s stance against doping by team doctors and well-known cycling lawyer Giuseppe Napoleone. Riders sign an agreement to pay back their salary and a significant penalty if they test positive and Savio has started legal action against Taborre and Appollonio. The team also attended a presentation of a new training file sharing platform which will monitor rider’s training and condition.

Androni Sidermec will gather in Benidorm, Spain between December 10-20 for a second training camp. The team again hope to secure a wild card invitation to the 2016 Giro d'Italia as part of an international calendar of races.  

Androni Sidermec 2016 roster: Franco Pellizotti, Marco Bandiera, Marco Benfatto, Egan Arley Bernal, Tiziano Dall'Antonia, Marco Frapporti, Alberto Nardin, Luca Pacioni, Daniele Ratto, Mirko Selvaggi, Alessio Taliani, Davide Viganò, Francesco Chicchi and Serghei Tvetcov.