After the national championships, LAMPRE-MERIDA technical staff and technical advisor Michele Bartoli selected the 9 riders for Tour de France.
This is the selection:
Davide Cimolai: 24 year old, Italian, sprinter, pro since 2010
Rui Costa: 27 years old, Portuguese, rouleur climber, pro since 2007, World Champion and three stages winner in Tour de France
Kristijan Durasek: 26 years old, Croatian, climber, pro since 2008
Christopher Horner: 42 years old, American, climber, pro since 1995
Sacha Modolo: 27 years old, Italian, sprinter, pro since 2010
Nelson Oliveira: 24 years old, Portuguese, rouleur, pro since 2010, Portuguese champion in road race and time trial
Maximiliano Ariel Richeze: 31 years old, Argentinian, sprinter, pro since 2006
Josè Rodolfo Serpa Perez: 35 years old, Colombian, climber, pro since 2006
Rafael Valls Ferri: 27 years old, Spanish, climber, pro since 2009
LAMPRE-MERIDA selection will be characterized by different colors, considering that seven riders will wear the traditional blue-fucshia-green cycling kits, while Rui Costa will wear the rainbow jersay and Oliveira will have the colors of the Portuguese champion.
Riders are from seven different Countries and three continents: Italy (2 cyclists), Portugal (2 cyclists), Argentina, Colombia, Croatia, Spain, United States of America.
The average age of the selection is 29 years old: Horner is the oldest (42 years old), Cimolai is the youngest (24 years old, he’s some monthes younger than Oliveira).
The average years as pro of the selected cyclists are 8 years.
Four riders will take part in Tour de France for the first time: Durasek, Modolo, Oliveira, Richeze.
LAMPRE-MERIDA will be directed di Matxin and Pedrazzini.
In the operating staff there will be masseur Capelli, Chiodini, Del Gallo, Napolitano and Redaelli, by mechanics Bortoluzzo, Coelho, Pengo, Romanò and Tiede, by driver Bozzolo and press officers Appiani and Carlo Saronni.