Colavita/Baci Women’s Cycling Team presented by Cooking Light Set to
Merge with Italy’s ASC Chirio Forno D’Asolo Women’s Professional
New team created for 2011
number one ranked cycling team, Colavita/Baci Women’s Cycling Team
presented by Cooking Light will partner with Italy’s International Cycling
Union (UCI) registered, ASC Chirio Forno D’Asolo Professional Women’s
Cycling Team. The team will be renamed Colavita/Forno D’Asolo Pro Cycling
team and maintain its UCI status in 2011.
Italy-based olive oil company Colavita USA, and Treviso-based croissant
factory Forno D'Asolo SpA are both authentic Italian food producers that
have a historical and enduring support for the sport of cycling. Forming a
partnership will allow each company to expand on their respective passion
for cycling by sharing synergies within the sporting and the food industries
on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean.
is a great partnership between two Italian companies which both support
cycling, first and foremost, for the love of the sport,” said Colavita USA
Vice President of Marketing John A. Profaci. “When Franco Chirio wrote to
me about his idea for merging programs, it also became clear that this was
the opportunity I've been waiting for, namely, to get the Colavita team over
to the European UCI circuit.”
together with Forno D’Asolo President and Founder Fabio Gallina and Team
Manager Franco Chirio are enthusiastic about the collaboration between the
Colavita/Baci Women’s Cycling Team and ASC Chirio Forno D’Asolo Cycling
Team, both on a sporting level and from a business perspective.
the sport side, this merge is good for Colavita and its riders because the
history of cycling is in Europe and this will provide a good opportunity for
the riders to compete over here,” Chirio said. “But the advantage for us
is that the future of cycling is in the USA, where the sport is growing very
fast. On a business side, Forno D’Asolo is well known in Europe and
with the help of Colavita can expand distribution into the USA as well.”
Colavita Forno D’Asolo Pro Cycling team will field a roster in both the US
and Italy. Chirio, along with Colavita/Baci Directeur Sportif Rachel Heal,
will coordinate an international program the best suits the needs of both
sponsors and riders. Heal will continue to direct the team in the National
Racing Calendar (NRC) and UCI-sanctioned events held in the US while Chirio
will guide the team in a full UCI schedule of events across Europe.
merger between the Colavita/Baci and Chirio Forno D'Asolo teams is an
exciting venture which will give our athletes the chance to compete in races
across the world,” Heal said. “We are building a powerful
squad that will be competitive in races both in the US and Europe and I am
excited to be part of this new collaboration.”
core riders from both teams will return including NRC Champion Cath Cheatley.
A full roster announcement can be expected in the coming weeks.
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