The 27-year-old Italian is a strong sprinter and classics rider.
The Italian and four-time grand tour champion kicks off his season at the Tour de San Juan Monday.
The British team's grand tour teams are taking shape, with the leaders for each of the three races being named.
Italy is now without a WorldTour team and only two of its four Pro Continental squads will race the Giro d'Italia in May.
Days after his 18-month ban for cocaine ended, the 40-year-old said he has left cycling and bought a coffee shop in Italy.
The four Italian Pro Continental teams hope they'll get the nod as Giro wildcards, now that Italy lacks a WorldTour squad.
Prince Nasser says WorldTour team will bring together people in his Middle Eastern country, which has suffered from political divisions.
The Sky boss hints at potentially stepping down from his role at the British squad, pending the outcome of the UKAD probe.
Four top riders from The Netherlands will compete at the Italian grand tour in May.
Grand tour star Vincenzo Nibali says that the birth of his Bahrain-Merida team this 2017 season makes him proud.