By Kirsten Robbins
Brazil's Luciano Pagliarini, former Scott-American Beef sprinter and Italy's Paolo Bailetti, former LPR-Ballan all-rounder, signed one-year contracts with International team H2O according to team manger Francesco Frattini.
The Canadian-based team has confirmed signing fourteen riders including Ukrainian Ruslan Pidgornyy from LPR-Ballan, Switzerland's Rubens Bertogliati (Scott-American Beef), Spain's Sergio Pardilla and French riders Benoit Berges, Patrice Halgand and Aurélien Passeron.
Additional signings include Latvian Raivis Belohvosciks, Lubos Pelanek from Czech Republic and Mikaël Szkolnik. Neo pro riders making their debut on the professional squad are Micula Dematteis from Italy along with Spanish brothers Pedro and Jesus Merino.
Contract negotiations continue with the Italian national champion from Ceramica-Flaminia, Filippo Simeoni and Gerolsteiner rider Davide Rebellin.
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Kirsten Frattini is an honours graduate of Kinesiology and Health Science from York University in Toronto, Canada. She has been involved in bike racing from the grassroots level to professional cycling's WorldTour. She has worked in both print and digital publishing, and started with Cyclingnews as a North American Correspondent in 2006. Moving into a Production Editor's role in 2014, she produces and publishes international race coverage for all cycling disciplines, edits news and writes features. Currently the Women's Editor at Cyclingnews, Kirsten coordinates global coverage of races, news, features and podcasts about women's professional cycling.
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