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Fassa Bortolo to undergo massive facelift

Italian cycling team Fassa Bortolo will have a massive post-season shake up with up to nine riders set to leave and a host of new ones set to join on. Among the younger recruits, the team have signed world under-23 champion Francesco Chicchi, who won his world title at the road race championships in Belgium last week. Fassa Bartolo are also awaiting an answer to a proposal to Tour of Spain winner Aitor Gonzalez of Spain, who rides for Kelme. Chicchi will be joined at the team by compatriots Dario Cioni, 27, and under-21 rider Filippo Pozzato as well as 21-year-old Swiss Fabian Cancellara --

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By VeloNews Interactive Wire Services, Copyright AFP 2002

Italian cycling team Fassa Bortolo will have a massive post-season shake up with up to nine riders set to leave and a host of new ones set to join on. Among the younger recruits, the team have signed world under-23 champion Francesco Chicchi, who won his world title at the road race championships in Belgium last week. Fassa Bartolo are also awaiting an answer to a proposal to Tour of Spain winner Aitor Gonzalez of Spain, who rides for Kelme.

Chicchi will be joined at the team by compatriots Dario Cioni, 27, and under-21 rider Filippo Pozzato as well as 21-year-old Swiss Fabian Cancellara — all three arriving from the respected Mapei outfit that will pull out of cycling at the end of the year.

Fassa Bortolo, managed by Giancarlo Ferretti, have already signed Italian Guido Trenti from Acqua & Sapone and Spaniard Julian Sanchez.

Francesco Casagrande and Wladimir Belli have already left to join Lampre. Among the other departures from Fassa Bartolo are Italians Fabio Baldato, Filippo Casagrande, Rinaldo Nocentini, Oscar Pozzi and Paolo Tiralongo, Russian Dimitri Konyshev and former world time trial champion Serhiy Honchar of the Ukraine.

Copyright AFP 2002