Two more for Sky; Péraud to Lotto
Team Sky continues to bolster its lineup, announcing two new additions for the squad set to debut next season.
Dario Cioni (ISD) and Davide Viganò( Fuji-Servetto) are both set to join the upstart British-backed squad. With these two new riders, the team now has 24 confirmed riders.
Cioni, 34, has a strong like to Great Britain. He was born there and his mother is English, but he spent most of his life in Italy. A former mountain biker, Cioni switched the road full-time in 2000 and has ridden for such teams as Mapei, Fassa Bortolo, Liquigas and Silence-Lotto before switching to ISD in 2009.
Viganò, 25, raced three seasons with Quick Step before moving to Fuji-Servetto in 2008.
The pair join Morris Possoni as Italians on the international team.
And there’s still no word on the much-rumored move by Bradley Wiggins from Garmin-Slipstream to Sky.
PÉRAUD TO LOTTO: French rider Jean-Christophe Péraud has penned a two-year agreement to join Omega Pharma-Lotto for the 2010 season. At 32, Péraud is quite versatile, earning silver at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Summer Games on the mountain bike and then winning the French amateur road racing title in 2009.