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Italian Team News Round-up

Changes at Nobili affect Safi, Top Girls Fassa Bortolo, Bianchi and Nürnberger

Riders change teams ready for 2007

Alberto Rigamonti

Whilst official releases from the team will be made later in the year, there are some changes which are already confirmed. Nobili Rubinetterie Menikini has several new riders: Fabiana Luperini (from Top Girls Fassa Bortolo), Rochelle Gilmore (from Safi Pasta Zara Manhattan), Eneritz Iturriaga (from Top Girls Fassa Bortolo) and the 2005 Danish champion Dorte Lohse Rasmussen (from Team Bianchi). Leaving the team is 2006 Giro d'Italia winner, Edita Puckinskaite, who goes to the German Équipe Nürnberger team. 

Also joining Nobili is the young champion Marina Romoli, Romoli was a silver medalist in the world junior championship 2006 on the road. Walter Zini, the coach and Directeur Sportif of the Nobili team, has also signed Maria Carmela Massaro, the pair are exciting young riders to watch.

Remaining with Nobili Rubinetterie Menikini will be Sigrid Corneo, Silvia Valsecchi (Italian champion: individual time trial), Olivia Gollan, Milena Pirola, the (ten times) Japanese champion Miho Oki and Elodie Touffet. 

Two further riders will be added to the Nobili roster in December. Walter Zini is expected to announce the complete team on December 13th.

Other changes which have been confirmed are that Giorgia Bronzini will ride for Safi Pasta Zara Manhattan (from Team FRW). Safi's press office will announce its other riders soon. Tatiana Guderzo will ride with Tom Van Bemmelen AA Drink in 2007.

Nobili President, Walter Ricci with new signing, Marina Romoli


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