Tuesday, January 19, 2010

The Quagmire of Team Lampre-Farnese Vini, Part III

The status of Team Lampre-Farnese Vini continues to be a mystery. The last milestone in resolving the team's ProTour license status was to be a meeting on January 15th of the Licenses Commission. The Licenses Commission was to meet in order decide upon a proposal from the UCI to grant a temporary registration which would enable Lampre to carry on with its activities until March 31st and to Lampre to be in compliance with the rules by 31 March 2010.

Lampre was initially denied a license because, "Unfortunately, this (licensing) procedure did not go ahead in accordance with the measures and within the deadlines stipulated by the UCI rules, because of serious administrative non-compliances noted by the company Ernst&Young in the file that was submitted to it when the team presented its registration request last November."

January 15th has come and gone and there has yet to been an announcement of the decision by the Licenses Commission. The UCI's ProTour team list continues to exclude Lampre.

Meanwhile, the first 2010 training camp for Lampre began on Saturday in San Vincenzo (Livorno) Nineteen blue-fucsia riders, two D.S.(Copeland and Piovani), doctor Beltemacchi and all the masseurs and mechanics met in Tuscany in order to start the training camp. Joining Cunego until 26 January are also Alfredo Balloni, Grega Bole, Matteo Bono, Vitaliy Buts, Angelo Furlan, Francesco Gavazzi, Andrea Grendene, David Loosli, Mirco Lorenzetto, Enrico Magazzini, Adriano Malori, Marco Marzano, Daniele Pietropolli, Simone Ponzi, Daniele Righi, Marcin Sapa, Simon Spilak and Diego Ulissi.

On Thursday, 21 January, another group of 6 riders (Alessandro Petacchi, Lorenzo Bernucci, Mauro Da Dalto, Danilo Hondo, Manuele Mori and Alessandro Spezialetti) will arrive to join the team at the Residence Riva degli Etruschi. Petacchi and his team mates have been training in the Canary Islands.

Lastly, Team Lampre announced their new shoes for the 2010 season: GAERNE Carbon G. Myst Plus with the new lock 2D Micro Adjustable Aluminium Buckle, the Safety Lock Strap System and the new Heel Grip Plus patented by Gaerne. The shoes incorporate the blue-fucsia colors.

Related stories:
Part I
Part II

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