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Liquigas solidifies its base for 2011 season

Italy’s Liquigas team has signed deals with 14 riders, including breakout star Peter Sagan, to solidify its base going into the future.

The team recently lost the talents of 24-year-old Roman Kreuziger, who will move to Astana at season’s end. While Kreuziger has developed into a solid GC hope — having won both the Tour of Romandie and Tour Switzerland in recent years — the team has been pleasantly surprised by strong performances by Sagan.

The team had already penned deals with star riders Ivan Basso and Vincenzo Nibali that will keep them in the green jerseys through 2012. Sagan and his brother, Juraj, are have also signed on through the 2012 season.

“We are giving continuity to the team that we have demonstrated this year to be competitive on all fronts,” said team manager Roberto Amadio in a team release. “We are looking to the future and with that is a nucleus of young riders. This is not a gamble, but part of a philosophy that we believe in deeply.”

The squad has confirmed 18 riders for 2011 and revealed this list of 14 riders it recently confirmed for the next year or two:

  • Through 2012: Daniel Oss, Jacopo Guarnieri, Valerio Agnoli, Davide Cimolai, Fabio Sabatini, Elia Viviani, Kristjan Koren, Macjej Bodnar, Sylwester Szmyd and Alessando Vanotti
  • Through 2011: Mauro Finetto, Macjej Pateski, Francesco Belloti, Tiziano Dall’Antonia

(Related: A list of recent confirmed ProTour transfers, extensions and retirements)

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