Liquigas-Cannondale, one goal: continued success
Continuity is the keyword as Liquigas-Cannondale starts its eighth season. With the captains and line-up confirmed and the squad strengthened by the addition of five new men, the green-blue team has decided to focus on the most important appointments on the racing calendar to consolidate its position among cycling's elite. Whether it's classics or grand tours, Liquigas-Cannondale has definitely got what it takes to excel in any race.
«We've been pursuing increasingly more ambitious goals since 2005 – said Paolo Dal Lago, the president of Liquigas Spa and Liquigas Sport, - We've achieved important and prestigious results that have earned the team a respectable place in cycling: now the next step is to prove ourselves and keep improving with the professionalism and style that people have always associated with our colours. I'm convinced that 2012 has many moments of great satisfaction in store for us and these will ensure that the names of Liquigas and Cannondale will continue to enjoy success around the world. »
The determination of the Liquigas-Cannondale management is also reflected in the competitive choices made by the team managers. «We know we've got everything in place to aim high and feel very ambitious as we face all our challenges. We've got outstanding riders and the right men to support them over any terrain: all the ingredients are there for a new season at the top, » said Roberto Amadio, the team manager.
Liquigas-Cannondale's 2012 season starts in a few days' time in Australia with Ivan Basso, Vincenzo Nibali and Peter Sagan as the team's captains. The Italians will chase the dream of winning another big stage race while the Slovak will focus on further improving his performance, particularly for the classics. Sagan's mission also applies to the team's other key riders Eros Capecchi, Daniel Oss and Elia Viviani, who will be aiming to raise the bar as well: their main goal is to confirm the immense potential shown so far. To tackle the wide range of challenges posed this season, these six pivotal riders will be joined by another twenty-two men, including new entries Stefano Agostini, Federico Canuti, Moreno Moser, Daniele Ratto and Josè Sarmiento.
For the 2012 race season, Liquigas-Cannondale will have a full complement of race-ready bicycles at their disposal. For most races, the team's bike of choice will be the SuperSix EVO, which blends silky-smooth compliance with the world's best stiffness-to-weight ratio for a bike that is the perfect expression of efficiency and performance. For time trials, the team will be aboard the newly developed Slice RS aero super-bike; while for rougher races like the Spring Classics - where comfort is at a premium - they will ride the updated Synapse Hi-MOD with its vibration-eliminating SAVE PLUS features. Whatever the race, whatever the terrain, Liquigas-Cannondale will be equipped to win.