Diquigiovanni-Androni pleased with Giro invitation

Gilberto Simoni (Saunier Duval-Prodir)

Gilberto Simoni (Saunier Duval-Prodir) (Image credit: Sirotti)

By Antonio J. Salmerón

Diquigiovanni-Androni, from Venezuela, will participate in the Giro d'Italia 2008. Team director, the Italian Giaynni Savio, said to press agency Efe that he awaits the start of the Italian Grand Tour with great confidence and hopes his team will make an impact in several stages.

"I am very proud to participate with in the best races at the international level like the Giro d'Italia. We have the confidence to continue with the good work we started last year," Savio said.

In 2007, Diquigiovani-Androni fielded a team in 32 total UCI international calendar races. For 2008, the team is led by Italian climber Gilberto Simoni, who has had great success in the Giro. "My philosophy in 24 years as head coach has been to count on very competitive riders and favorable conditions," Savio said.

Diquigiovani-Androni has also signed three Venezuelan riders to the 2008 squad (Carlos Ochoa, Ochoa and Richard Jackson Rodriguez) with Ochoa having the most European experience.

The Venezuelan team will take part in the Tour de Langkawi, in Malaysia, between the 9 and the 17 of February.

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