The experience of Simone Ponzi, the freshness of the young talent Filippo Zaccanti, with the same strong motivation for the upcoming 2018 season. The rider coming from CCC is ready to give immediate results to the team, the young neo-pro coming from Colpack is another important young rider to continue the growth of the young Italian talents project, together with Imerio and Damiano Cima (neo pro 2018) and Nicola Bagioli Pro with the team from 2017.

22/11/2018 –  Marina di San Vito – Chieti.

The 2018 Roster of the team is now complete with two important Italian riders in #OrangeBlue with different goals, but same attitude and motivations. Simone Ponzi, born in 1997, will reinforce the experience of the team and he is able to win again. Filippo Zaccanti, born in 1995 and young climber from Team Colpack, will become PROs with the NIPPO Vini Fantini Europa Ovini team, and will continue the young Italian project of the team, together with the Cima brothers (neo-PROs 2018) and Nicola Bagioli (Neo-Pros 2017).


7 the victories in career for Simone Ponzi, all in Europe, in competitions of good level of the Italian calendar, as the GP Costa degli Etruschi, the GP Nobili (2 times) and race of the European Calendar as Vuelta Burgos and Tour de Slovenie, without forgetting numerous important placements, as the second place in the GP de Plouay (WT) behind Kristoff in 2015.

Talent, experience, fast sprint, among his best skills, all very important for the NIPPO Vini Fantini Europa Ovini team. Simone Ponzi have been chosen by the Sports Directors as support for Marco Canola, and to give other important tactics solutions to the team for the Ciclismo Cup.

These the first words of the new #OrangeBlue Simone Ponzi that in 2017 season missed only the victory, but not the prestigious placements, as the 5th place in Coppa Agostoni: “First of all I want to say thank you for this big opportunity to Francesco Pelosi, because I had two difficult year and be today part of this project is for me very important, giving me a big motivation for the 2018 season. I have been in World Tour teams and Professional teams and here for Professionally and organization I feel like in a World Tour team. Personally in 2018 I want to be back to the victory, I hope also in Italy. The leader of the team is Marco Canola, we talk about it in the last days, and I’m here first of all to be an important support for him in the most important races. Then I will try to be ready when will be up to me to reach a result.”


The young climber Filippo Zaccanti, growth in the Team Colpack, will become Professional with the team NIPPO Vini Fantini Europa Ovini team. Born in 1995 is one of the most interesting prospects of the Italian landscape together with the Cima brothers, both announced by the #OrangeBlue team. Imerio Cima the sprinter, Damiano CIma the all rounder and team worker, Filippo Zaccanti the climber. For him 2 victories in 2017, winner of the Pessano-Roncola for the second year in a row.

These the first words of Filippo Zaccanti with the #OrangeBlue jersey: “This will be my first year as a Pro, I will try to learn as much as possibile from the most expert of the group. I’m a climber so I will try to learn as much as possibile from Damiano Cunego, that will ride his last year of career, I will be at disposal of him and of the whole team, trying to learn as much as possibile.”