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One of the 2017 Nippo - Vini Fantini team bikes

One of the 2017 Nippo - Vini Fantini team bikes
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2017 signing Julian Arredondo was on hand at the bike presentation.

2017 signing Julian Arredondo was on hand at the bike presentation.
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Ugo De Rosa with the Nippo - Vini Fantini 2017 team bike.

Ugo De Rosa with the Nippo - Vini Fantini 2017 team bike.
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Nippo - Vini Fantini riders relax near one of their 2017 De Rosa team bikes.

Nippo - Vini Fantini riders relax near one of their 2017 De Rosa team bikes.
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Ugo De Rosa shows off one of the vintage machines in the De Rosa factory

Ugo De Rosa shows off one of the vintage machines in the De Rosa factory
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Nippo - Vini Fantini riders greet Ugo De Rosa

Nippo - Vini Fantini riders greet Ugo De Rosa
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Nippo - Vini Fantini riders stand wirh Ugo De Rosa behind one of the 2017 team bikes.

Nippo - Vini Fantini riders stand wirh Ugo De Rosa behind one of the 2017 team bikes.
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Nippo - Vini Fantini will be on the De Rosa Protos in striking orange team colours for 2017

Nippo - Vini Fantini will be on the De Rosa Protos in striking orange team colours for 2017
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2017 Nippo - Vini Fantini riders in the De Rosa factory

2017 Nippo - Vini Fantini riders in the De Rosa factory
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Francesco Pelosi

Francesco Pelosi
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Ugo De Rosa and Cristiano De Rosa

Ugo De Rosa and Cristiano De Rosa
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Walking the floor of the De Rosa factory

Walking the floor of the De Rosa factory
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Another bike waiting in the De Rosa workshop

Another bike waiting in the De Rosa workshop
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Nippo - Vini Fantini riders greet Ugo and Cristiano De Rosa

Nippo - Vini Fantini riders greet Ugo and Cristiano De Rosa
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Nippo - Vini Fantini riders greet Ugo De Rosa

Nippo - Vini Fantini riders greet Ugo De Rosa
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Italian Pro Continental team Nippo-Vini Fantini officially started its 2017 campaign Friday evening with a team bike presentation at the De Rosa Factory of Cusano Milanino. Three generations of the De Rosa family - Ugo, Cristiano and Nicholas - greeted the riders and staff as the new Protos 2017 was unveiled in the team's colors.

"To open the doors of De Rosa Factory is a very special way to show how much history, passion and work there is behind an iconic product that made the history," said Cristiano De Rosa. "The New Protos 2017 is the result of years of work, research, design improved day after day. A very important project that merges all the important know how of 60 years of experience, with engineering, design and our capability to predict future needs.” 

The team will now start its first training camp in Paderno Dugano, where riders will undergo medical testing and osteopathic visits. Although Damiano Cunego will continue to lead the team in 2017, Nippo-Vini Fantini has brought on Julian Arredondo (Trek-Segafredo), Marco Canola (UnitedHealthcare) and Alan Marangoni (Cannondale-Drapac) and Ivan Santaromita (Skydive Dubai) for next season.