The Colnago-CSF Inox team will ride the Giro d’Italia, Tirreno-Adriatico, Milan-Sanremo and il Lombardia races in 2012 after receiving wild card invitations from race organisers RCS Sport.
The Italian team faced stiff competition for a place in some of the sports biggest races but can now look forward to another exciting season of racing and more success from some of the most talented young riders in cycling.
Ernesto Colnago welcomed the news that a team bearing his name will again compete in the biggest races in Italy.
“We’re extremely happy to see that the Colnago-CSF Inox team has been invited to the Giro d’Italia and RCS Sport’s other big races. I think RCS Sport has recognised that the Colnago-CSF Inox team represents the future of Italian cycling,” the legendary bike maker said.
“During all my years in cycling, I’ve always supported talented young riders in the hope they can develop into great riders. Quite a few have because my bikes have helped riders win over 40 world titles and hundreds of major races.”
“I’m now the main sponsor of the Colnago-CSF Inox team and I’m sure the team can do great things in 2012. Sacha Modolo is one of the fastest sprinters in the peloton at the end of a long hard race like Milan-Sanremo. He almost won it in 2010 and I’m sure he’ll be up there his year before battling with Mark Cavendish in the sprints at the Giro d’Italia.”
“The 2012 Giro d’Italia will also be a big opportunity for Domenico Pozzovivo. He’s one of the true pure climbers in the sport and can win the big mountain stages of the Giro. I’m also excited about Enrico Battaglin. He won the Coppa Sabatini last year while riding as a stagiaire with the team. He’s a huge talent and I think he’ll be the best neo-pro of 2012.”
The Colnago-CSF Inox team is currently working hard for the new season at a training camp in Tuscany. The team will make its debut at the Tour de San Luis in Argentina on January 23.