In the peloton since 1998
Sponsors:Tacconi: sports clothing; Emmegi:heat exchangers
Budget: $2.8 million
Manager: Davide Boifava
Directeurs sportif: Fabrizio Bontempi, Vittorio Algeri
Assistant: Pietro Turchetti
BORTOLAMI Gianluca I August 28, 1968
BOSSONI Paolo I July 2, 1976
DONATI Massimo I January 18, 1967
FRIGO Dario I September 18, 1973
HAUPTMAN Andrej Slo May 5, 1975
LUTTENBERGER Peter A December 13, 1972
MAZZOLENI Eddy I July 29, 1973
FERRARI Diego (I)
APOLLONIO Massimo (I)
Frigo bears watching
This Italian team, which has had trouble holding on to its best riders,cannot hope to stand out in the Tour de France this year. But the groupstill has some impressive racers and can hope for a few stage wins. TacconiSport has rehabilitated a black sheep, Dario Frigo, expelled from the Girolast year for drug possession. What kind of spirits will he be in thisyear? Is he the great racer he is proclaimed to be? His performance willbe one of the curiosities of the 2002 Tour. On a different note, bets canbe placed particularly on Gianluca Bortolami and Andrej Hauptman, thirdat the 2001 world’s, and on Minali for the sprint finishes.
BALDUCCI: Mediterranean Tour, one stage.
KLEMENCIC: Three Days of De Panne, one stage.
BORTOLAMI: Tour of Flanders; Brixia Tour, one stage.
CHESINI: Coppi-Bartali International Week, one stage.
MINALI: Tour of Sweden, one stage.
BOSSONI: Brixia Tour, one stage.
MINALI: Tour of Rhodes, two stages.
FRIGO: Paris-Nice, one stage; Tour de Romandie, overall andone stage.INTERVIEW
Fabrizio Bontempi, directeur sportif:
“We are going to go for stage victories and, why not, the general classification,with Hauptman, Frigo and Klemencic. I think that we will have a completegroup, even though this Tour seems very demanding. Some think that nothingwill happen in the first section in the north, and then there will be racein the Pyrénées and Alps. Myself, I think we will all haveto be vigilant everywhere, especially in the individual time trial beforethe rest day at Bordeaux. The gaps may already be established, and thegroup that is out of sync risks being dropped along the way. We are countingon the sprints, with Minali, and why not the green jersey too, which Zabelhas worn for six years now. In short, we will be very motivated, becauseit’s always an honor to be at the Tour.”