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Sponsor: maker of wheel rims for cars
Budget: $2.8 million
Manager: Bruno Cenghialta
Directeurs sportif: Dario Mariuzzo, Valerio Tebaldi
BROGNARA Andrea (I), May 26, 1971
CASAGRANDE Stefano (I), March 23, 1973
DUFAUX Laurent (Swi), May 20, 1969
GOTTI Ivan (I), March 28, 1969
HVASTIJA Martin (Slo), November 30, 1969
IVANOV Ruslan (Mol), December 18, 1973
MORENI Christian (I), November 21, 1972
PIERI Dario (I), September 1, 1975
SHEFER Alksandr (Kaz), August 26, 1971
Ambitious, but limited
Thanks to its team victory at the 2001 Giro, this Italian team snaggeda direct ticket to the 2002 Tour. Team leader Ivan Gotti has his focuson the Giro d’Italia, while Swiss veteran Laurent Dufaux has been signed,with the Tour in mind — he placed fourth overall in 1996 (with Festina)and 1999 (with Saeco). Alessio finished its 2001 season at the top of theDivision 2 rankings and knows what’s demanded on the roads of the grandtours. However, the Grande Boucle looks like a big bite for this ambitiousbut nevertheless limited team.TEAM WINS2001
GOTTI: Tour of Catalonia, one stage.
LEONI: Tour of the Algarve: three stages; Tour of Murcia, onestage; Tirreno-Adriatico, two stages; Tour of Castilla & Leon, on stage;Schelde GP.
CASAROTTO: GP of Rennes; Tour of Aragon, one stage.
CAUCCHIOLI: Giro d’Italia, two stages.
SHEFER: Tour of the Apennines; Ruta del Sol, one stage.
IVANOV: Giro del Trentino, on stage; Italian International Week,overall and two stages.
FERRIGATO: Tour of the Algarve, overall.
FURLAN: Tour of Poland, one stage.2002
FERRIGATO: Étoile de Bessèges, one stage.
LEONI: Ruta del Sol, one stage.
SHEFER: Ruta del Sol, one stage.
PELLIZOTTI: Tirreno-Adriatico, one stage; Tour of the BasqueCountry, one stage.
PIERI: GP E3
IVANOV: Italian International Week, one stage.INTERVIEW
Bruno Cenghialta, Manager:
“It’s an honor to be at the start of the Tour de France, and when youhave the chance to be there, you have to fight every day to go after thestage victories. This may seem pretentious, but you have to be ambitiousif you want to get anywhere. Laurent Dufaux has already proven, throughhis past performances, that he was capable of riding for the GC. This iswhat we will try to do, above all in the mountains. In the first section,we will aim for stage wins and the sprints, primarily with Ruslan Ivanovand Franco Pelizzotti. Three weeks is long and short at the same time,since every day you have to be in the right position, the right breakaway,and not let yourself get trapped and fall behind.”