Bianchi and Team Vacansoleil-DCM ready for 2013 season

The 2013 season of Vacansoleil-DCM team, equipped with Bianchi Oltre XR bikes, started officially at EYE, a cinema museum and theatre in Amsterdam (Netherlands), on Wednesday,January 9th. The official presentation was opened by the images of Marco Marcato‘s victory in Paris-Tours and the striking stage win of Thomas De Gendt on Stelvio’s top at Giro d’Italia, two of the unforgettable moments for Dutch team and Bianchi Oltrebikes in 2012. Salvatore Grimaldi, Founder and CEO of the Grimaldi Industry and Bianchi Chairman and Bianchi CEO Bob Ippolito, attended the event together with the Bianchi team liaison staff to confirm the ongoing collaboration between Bianchi and Vacansoleil-DCM. The Dutch team will face the new 2013 World Tour season with a 29-rider roster, including Spaniard Juan Antonio Flecha, on saddle of the new Oltre XR, Bianchi’s monocoque carbon frame designed for extreme performance and developed with Vacansoleil-DCM riders. Thanks to the combination of UMS40 and CN60 Ultra High Modulus carbon fibers, the Oltre XR features 30gr weight reduction and 20% increased rigidity compared to Oltre model. The extreme rigidity to weight ratio of the new Oltre XR provides optimal climbing performance while the aero shape of the frame assures the highest speeds in both flat and downhill sections. The team will be also supplied with theInfinito and the Impulso models for the Classics campaign and with Pico Crono Carbon for time trial races. 2013 Vacansoleil-DCM team Newcomers: Boy van Poppel, Danny van Poppel, Grega Bole, José Rujano, Juan Antonio Flecha, Wesley Kreder, Willem Wauters. Confirmed: Wouter Mol, Wout Poels, Pim Ligthart, Lieuwe Westra, Martijn Keizer, Rob Ruijgh, Johnny Hoogerland, Sergey Lagutin, Frederick Veuchelen, Thomas De Gendt, Romain Feillu, Marco Marcato, Björn Leukemans, Mirko Selvaggi, Bert-Jan Lindeman, Barry Markus, Kenny van Hummel, Kris Boeckmans, Maurits Lammertink, Tomasz Marczynski, Rafael Valls, Nikita Novikov.

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