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Gallery: Androni Giocattoli show off new signings

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Alessio Taliani

Alessio Taliani
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Patrick Facchini

Patrick Facchini
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Johnny Hoogerland in his new colours

Johnny Hoogerland in his new colours
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How long before we see Johnny Hoogerland in the break?

How long before we see Johnny Hoogerland in the break?
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Kenny van Hummel joined from Vacansoleil

Kenny van Hummel joined from Vacansoleil
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Manuel Belletti

Manuel Belletti
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Marco Bandiera

Marco Bandiera
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Marco Frapporti

Marco Frapporti
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Matteo de Serafino

Matteo de Serafino
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Nicola Testi

Nicola Testi
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Omar Bertazzo

Omar Bertazzo
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Gianfranco Zilioli

Gianfranco Zilioli
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Franco Pellizzotti returns after his contract fell through at Astana

Franco Pellizzotti returns after his contract fell through at Astana
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Andrea Zordan

Andrea Zordan
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Antonio Parrinello

Antonio Parrinello
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Androni Giocattoli's Bianchi

Androni Giocattoli's Bianchi
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New signings Kenny van Hummel and Johnny Hoogerland

New signings Kenny van Hummel and Johnny Hoogerland
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by Guoqiang SongTour of Hainan

by Guoqiang SongTour of Hainan
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The Androni Giocattoli team

The Androni Giocattoli team
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Gianni Savio with some of his star riders

Gianni Savio with some of his star riders
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Diego Rosa

Diego Rosa
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Emanuele Sella

Emanuele Sella
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Johnny Hoogerland and Kenny van Hummel stood proud of their places next to their new boss Gianni Savio as the Androni Giocattoli team had their photos taken in their new kit.

The kit hasn't changed much since last year, but the team has. Hoogerland is Savio's biggest signing of the off-season. He joined the squad after his Vacansoleil-DCM team folded at the end of the year. The Dutch champion's irrepressible style will no doubt be well suited to the Italian team. Hoogerland is expected to form part of Androni's Giro d'Italia squad.

With a team made up of predominantly Italian and Venzuelan riders, the signing of Hoogerland and Van Hummel will be important to the team. Their presence will increase the likelihood of securing invitations to the Dutch and Belgian WorldTour races. Hoogerland's propensity to go on the attack should also provide the team's sponsors with good TV time.

Returning to the team for 2014 is Franco Pellizotti. The 36-year-old reached a deal to race with Astana for this season, but wasn't allowed to race until May 2 due to MPCC rules regarding riders banned for more that six months. Astana then did a surprising U-turn last month and announced that Pellizotti was no longer part of the team. Fortunately for the former Italian national champion, Savio welcomed him back into the fold with open arms.

Other new signings include Marco Bandiera, who joined from IAM Cycling, and Manuele Belletti, who moved over from AG2R.

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