From Asia to Northern Europe, after Italian events, the NIPPO Vini Fantini Faizanè team returns to riding on two continents. Appointment for Sunday, March 17th when the Asian stage race, the Tour de Taiwan, will kick off with Moreno Moser along with Japanese leader Hideto Nakane. Also on Sunday the first of two events in northern Europe, with Ronde Van Drenthe in the Netherlands. The Nokere Koerse will close the trip to the North.
TOUR DE TAIWAN.
Six #OrangeBlue riders will be competing in 5 stages of the Tour de Taiwan. Many Italian, European and international Professional teams will be on the start-line. For the #OrangeBlue team there will be Moreno Moser, in his first Asian race of the season, along with Hideto Nakane the most talented Japanese climber of the team that will be well supported by the supporting-rider Masakazu Ito and the young Colombian climber Ruben Dario Acosta. For the fast arrivals, Giovanni Lonardi will be the main sprinter, after the podiums caught in Turkey at the Tour of Antalya is looking for the first success among the Pros, together with the Japanese sprinter Hayato Yoshida.
The complete line-up: Moreno Moser, Hideto Nakane, Giovanni Lonardi, Masakazu Ito, Ruben Dario Acosta, Hayato Yoshida.
On the team car the Japanese Sports director Takehiro Mizutani, that before the race declared: “Will be one of the first competition in the Asian country for this year. We want to show our jersey by doing a good race. Of course the other competitors are very strong and very competitive, it was for this reason that we will start these races with great motivation. We hope to share our cycling passion with fans of Nippo-Vini-Fantini Faizane even in a far away country.”
RONDE VAN DRENTHE & NOKERE KOERSE.
Seven athletes ready to race in the Northern Europe. On Sunday the Ronde Van Drenthe, a 1.HC category race with some World Tour and several high-level Professional drivers at the start. 217 km to go with Marco Canola that after great performances and placements at the start of the season will be the team leader in this race. With him the young Italian Nicola Bagioli and the Spanish rider Juan Josè Lobato. The brothers Damiano and Imerio Cima are also starting, with the Spaniard Joan Bou and the Japanese Hiroki Nishimura completing the line-up.
The complete line-up: Marco Canola, Nicola Bagioli, Juan Josè Lobato, Damiano Cima, Imerio Cima, Hiroki Nishimura, Joan Bou.
Valerio Tebaldi: “We are ready to approach two races that fits with our team skills. Marco Canola is our leader and the rider with the perfect condition, together with Nicola Bagioli. Also Juan Josè Lobato, Damiano Cima and Imerio Cima will face for sure a race suitable for their skills, with Imerio Cima as leader for the sprints. Hiroki Nishimura will face the pavè and could try some action. After the good performance in the last races the team has now big motivation and desire to win a race.”