7 #OrangeBlue riders ready to start the Tour de Slovenie. In 2017 edition the NIPPO Vini Fantini Europa Ovini has been the “Best team”, in 2018 the #OrangeBlue riders are ready to battle for a stage victory, with the leader Marco Canola.

From 13th to 17th of June the team will ride in Tour de Slovenie. 7 #OrangeBlue riders will try to improve the results of 2017 when the squad was elected “Best Team” of the tour. Not easy with many World Tour and Professional team on the start-line, but Marco Canola and his teammates wants to battle for a stage victory. The Tour de Slovenie will be composed by 5 stages. After the final time trial 4 stages where the #OrangeBlue riders can battle for a victory with a special focus on the first 3 stages.



The Sports Director Mario Manzoni is ready to lead the 7 #OrangeBlue riders. Together with the leader of the team Marco Canola other important riders can play an important role for the team- First of all Simone Ponzi, ready to help Canola but also to try some own action. Marco Tizza has also important skills perfects for this kind of roads and the young Damiano Cima already demonstrated that he can be very important to support in the final km the leaders. All the best climbers of the team are involved in the Tour de Suisse, for this reason the team will not focus on the general ranking, but mainly on state victories. The 3 young riders, the Italian Nicola Bagioli, the Japanese Hiroki Nishimura and the Spanish Joan Bou could play an important role.

On the team car the Sports Director will be Mario Manzoni:

Looking to the stages and his great condition, the leader for us will be for sure Marco Canola. In Gp Du Canton d’Argovie he demonstrated that is growing up with a very good condition, he can now battle for a victory. With him we will have Simone Ponzi that could be a strong alternative, together with Marco Tizza. Damiano Cima is young, but already demonstrated his good attitude to help the leaders in the final moments of the race. Unfortunately Nakane is not at the top of the condition and will not be with us for the “queen stage” of the race, so we will focus on other stages because our climbers are riding Tour de Suisse. The 3 young riders Nicola Bagioli, Hiroki Nishimura and Joan Bou will complete the line-up.”

The complete line-up: Marco Canola, Simone Ponzi, Marco Tizza, Damiano Cima, Nicola Bagioli, Hiroki Nishimura, Joan Bou.

Sports Director: Mario Manzoni.


5 stages for the 13th to 17th of June, 4 standard stages and one individual time trial. 9 World Tour team on the start line, 5 Professional teams, among them the NIPPO Vini Fantini Europa Ovini team, together with the Slovenian selection. The race will be broadcasted by Eurosport all over Europe.