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The beginning of Tirreno-Adriatico for Androni Giocattoli Sidermec has the face and name of Simon Pellaud.

The Swiss rider, returning after his crash at the Giro dell’Emilia, was a great protagonist of the first stage of the race of the two seas, started today with the 133-kilometer Lido di Camaiore-Lido di Camaiore. Pellaud has promoted the escape of four atlethes after a handful of kilometers. Then became seven for a short distance, the fugitives thinned to two with the shot of the Swiss Androni Giocattoli Sidermec which, 90 kilometers from the end, saw only the Martens of the Jumbo Visma remain behind. The two traveled by mutual agreement with Pellaud first on the third passage to the GPM of Monte Pitoro. The action vanished only 19 kilometers from the finish with the comeback group launched by the sprinter teams.

The German Ackermann on Gaviria won the final sprint. Pellaud with today’s good action nearly won the leader’s jersey of the mountain grand prix, where he is second in the standings. The only negative note in the Androni Giocattoli Sidermec team is the withdrawal of Kevin Rivera, blocked by intestinal problems. Tomorrow second stage from Camaiore to Follonica of 201 kilometers.


Pellaud Swiss Champion of the mountain and Rumac Champion of Croatia

The international calendar for Sidermec Androni Giocattoli is moving forward.

In fact, Simon Pellaud’s victory in the Swiss Mountain Championship has arrived. The 27-year-old Swiss rider of the Italian champions finished in second place – making his national jersey of the specialty – the race of Martigny behind the Danish Velo Club Mendrisio Hellemose Asbjorn.

The two raced in the lead from the beginning, closing, after 38 kilometers, with 1’06” on the most immediate pursuers and also establishing the record of the climb.

It was the 50th edition of the Martigny-Mauvoisin, a traditional competition in Switzerland (over 130 elites at the start) which the professional Androni Giocattoli Sidermec held particularly in this post-lockdown period: «The race was right near my house, with the organization of the Martigny Velo Club» said Pellaud with the national champion jersey of the climb wearing.

«I’m not a real climber, but I was very motivated to do well. I’m very pleased». A week ago Pellaud had already made it clear that he was well on track with training and condition at the Grono-Rossa, another race of the Swiss calendar.

Josip Rumac is also the first post-lockdown successes for the Italian champion team, which in recent months had well defended itself with virtual races and in recent days has already celebrated on the road with the Swiss Pellaud in races of the Swiss calendar.

The Croatian Rumac has thought to put the seal in the first races of the resumption of the activity inserted in the international calendar UCI. And he did it by winning the national time trial championship and the line championship. The 25-year-old from Rijeka will continue to wear the jersey of national champion of Croatia: Saturday and yesterday, in fact, he repeated the successes of 2019.

In the time trial (Sibenik-Sibenik of 28.2 kilometers) Rumac preceded with a wide margin Popovic and Bebic; in the one in line (Zadar-Zadar of 127.6 kilometers), which ended in the late afternoon of yesterday, preceded the sprint Potocki (Ljubljana) and Barac (Meridiana). Rumac, followed by sports director Leonardo Canciani, brought to Androni Giocattoli Sidermec respectively the 12th and 13th victory of the season, resuming the thread interrupted at the end of February with the high notes of the Tour du Rwanda.

Androni Giocattoli team manager Sidermec Gianni Savio was satisfied: “A really exciting weekend for our team, with the double success of Josip Rumac in the Croatian championship in time trial and on the road. Simon Pellaud also won the Swiss Mountain Championship. To conclude, the two young riderse of Arvedi that we have hired for the next season, won the Podium of the ‘Extragiro’ at Imola: Filippo Conca first and Kevin Colleoni third».

Meanwhile, Androni Giocattoli Sidermec has chosen not to take part in the Sibiu Tour scheduled in Romania from 23 to 26 July due to the worsening of the situation related to Coronavirus in the Balkan country in recent days. The decision, which comes even after the directions of Dr Maurizio Vicini (the team doctor), goes to total protection of the health of the riders and team staff who will redefine for this 2020 in the White Roads next August 1.


Restrepo goes on. He also wins the time trial at the Tour du Rwanda. For the Colombian from Androni Giocattoli Sidermec is the fourth partial success in Rwanda, the sixth of his season. Restrepo won the 4.5 km time trial (Kigali-Mur de Kigali) ahead of the Eritrean Ghirmay (Nippo Delko) of 2 “and the Swiss Schelling (Israel Start up) of 5”.

In the general classification Restrepo ends in seventh position, preceded in fifth place by his teammate Ravanelli.

With the excellent performance achieved, the team conquers the team classification of the Rwandan race, and takes home the eleventh seasonal success.

Also greeted by the words of the team manager Gianni Savio who, referring to the race star, says: «He is one of the various riders that we have raised. He had gone professional in the Katusha and still young he had failed to emerge in the World Tour. We have trusted him and he has amply repaid it ».


Still him. Again Jhonatan Restrepo. The Colombian rider of Androni Giocattoli Sidermec does not stop and today he has reached the fifth stage (Rubavu-Musanze of 84.7 kilometers) of the Tour du Rwanda.

After the success of two days ago, the second one arrived in the sprint with compact ranks of today’sstage. Restrepo, at the fourth personal center in the season, overtook the French Cardis (Total) and the Eritrean Tesfatsion who always leads the general classification. For Androni Giocattoli Sidermec, yesterday protagonist with Simone Ravanelli, sixth at the finish and fourth (also today) in the general classification, it is the ninth success of the season. The Tour du Rwanda, which will close on Sunday, tomorrow will face the sixth stage, 127 km Musanze-Muhanga.




New away for the Androni Giocattoli Sidermec that touches the fourth continent with the races of this first glimpse of the season.

After America, Asia and Europe, the champions of Italy, in fact, will be engaged in Africa. The appointment tomorrow is with the Tour of Rwanda. Eight stages planned with the way from the capital Kigali; the closing, again in Kigali, on 1° March. The penultimate fraction will be a short individual stopwatch.

At the start of the Tour du Rwanda (uci 2.1), this is the exact name of the race, for the Androni Giocattoli Sidermec, that has already collected seven successes, there will be Francesco gavazzi, Davide Gabburo, Daniel Munoz, Simone ravanelli and Jhonatan Restrepo. In the flagship the sporting director will be Leonardo canciani.


The Androni Giocattoli Sidermec was officially presented this morning in the usual headquarters of the Concorde hotel in Arona, on Lake Maggiore. A vernissage, the Aronese one, which arrived at the opening of a season that started very well for the Italian champions with seven successed.

The new Emme 4 Squadra 2020, the team’s official bike for the 2020 season, was also presented in Arona.

Of the 21 on the roster, only two were absent, justified: the Colombian Miguel Florez, who remained at home training after his commitments in Argentina and Colombia, and the Ecuadorian Cepeda, who is recovering after the fall and the wrist fracture suffered at Tachira. In the presence of sponsors and technical partners of the team, it was the team manager Gianni Savio to review all the riders of an Androni Giocattoli Sidermec renewed in 11 staff compared to the previous year: Nicola Bagioli, Mattia Bais, Manuel Belletti, Alessandro Bisolti, Jefferson Cepeda, Luca Chirico, Miguel Florez, Mattia Frapporti, Davide Gabburo, Francesco Gavazzi, Daniel Munoz, Luca Pacioni, Janos Pelikan, Simon Pellaud, Simone Ravanelli, Jhonatan Restrepo, Kevin Rivera, Josip Rumac, Matteo Spreafico, Nicola Venchiarutti, Mattia Viel.

The photograph of this beginning of 2020 and of what the season may reserve, however, was done by the team manager of the Italian champions Gianni Savio: «A truly exciting start to the season, at the same time we carried out activities in three continents, America, Asia and Europe, obtaining seven victories and with the placements centered at the Laigueglia Trophy the first place in the ranking of the Italian team championship. With the same determination we intend to face all the races of the year, with the main objective being the Giro d’Italia and the conquest of the Italian flag for the fourth consecutive year “.



The Italian champions are still rejoicing in this exceptional start of the season thanks to Kevin Rivera, who won in the queen stage of the Tour de Langkawi. The Costa Rican climber has taken over the arrival of Genting Highlands, the climb symbol of the Malaysian race.

Third seasonal success (ninth in his career) for him, after the two at Tachira, and seventh, precisely, for the Androni Giocattoli Sidermec which has scored in all three races in which it has participated so far in this 2020. In the fourth district of Langkawi (156 kilometers with the start from Putrajaya) Rivera, alone at the finish, launched the decisive attack in the last two kilometers when he first closed on the Russian Ovechkin (then third at 43 “) and then also Celano (at the end second at 10 ”and new leader in general), the only one who had initially managed to keep the rhythm of the 21 year old runner in the fourth season at Androni Giocattoli Sidermec.

In the first long escape of the day for the Italian champions, who since yesterday have to do without Luca Chirico stopped by the fever, the good Nicola Venchiarutti. Rivera’s success in Genting revives a tradition made of successes on the Malaysian mountain for Gianni Savio’s teams, who scored six times in the past with three Colombians and one Venezuelan. Now it’s up to a Costa Rican to conquer the climb symbol of Langkawi. And only the physical problems and the fever of the first day prevent Rivera, second in the ranking of the mountain grand prix, from being in the upper parts of the general classification.



The winning squad doesn’t change: the 2019 team has been fully confirmed.

All the Reds have been reconfirmed for this 2020. In fact the Team Manager Alessio Finetto, assisted this year by Efrem Bonelli and Roberto Tonoli, decided that there was no need to make grafts in the team: “The team has found its balance: we have experienced men who are affectionate as youngsters who are pawing. And this year, to help me out, I will have Efrem Bonelli, an athlete who has grown up with us and who has decided to make himself available to the team “. Bonelli adds: “Yes, this year I will have the dual function of athlete / sports director because of various problems that do not allow me to be at the top. I am excited to give support to the team but also, if the physical condition allows it, to bring home some good results anyway “.

The athletes will be 5: the Elite Stefano Dal Grande, Marcello Pavarin, Marco D’Agostino and Efrem Bonelli and the Under23 Emanuele Tonoli. The captain will be Stefano Dal Grande who will aim to do well in the most important marathons and become a regular player in the national team. Efrem Bonelli and Marcello Pavarin will have the task of giving the right advice and “giving” their experience to the youngest members of the team, namely Marco D’Agostino and Emanuele Tonoli. “Marcello Pavarin is the classic team man,” continues Bonelli, “bearing in mind that this year he will also have the task of directly following the preparation of our athletes thanks to his ‘Power and Ride’ center.

An optimal preparation for our athletes as seen that Marcello will be able to get feedback and impressions in real time. And then let’s not forget the athletic qualities of Pavarin who could put his hand in many races “. We focus a lot on the young Marco D’Agostino and Emanuele Tonoli: Marco D’Agostino has all the credentials to be a top athlete of the national team in the years to come. He has shown excellent qualities and exceptional driving: technically we can say he is among the best and he really enjoys cycling. Perhaps this is the reason why it is easy for him to ride a bike. Emanuele Tonoli has already brought home important results at an absolute level and we are waiting for the qualitative leap that could come shortly. He is definitely working hard to make this happen.


Androni Giocattoli Sidermec started out strongly also in San Juan. In Argentina, the magical start of the Italian champions continues, never down from the podium in 2020 with the exploits in Venezuela. In the first stage of the Argentine race (163.5 km San Juan-San Juan), in fact, Manuel Belletti’s second place arrived, really close to touching the victory in a sprint in which he yielded to very little, after a great comeback, only to the Frenchman Rudy Barbier (Israel start up Nation). Behind Belletti the Argentine Connte, the Colombian Molano and Hodeg, Peter Sagan, Maikin, Wackermann, Gaviria and Lemoine in a big names sprint.

The excellent start of the Italian champions in San Juan, in addition to Belletti’s second place, also certified the long breakaway of the day in which Mattia Bais was a beautiful protagonist, the last of the attackers to be taken up at thirty kilometers from the finish. For the new professional Bais, already in evidence in the season final of last year when he was an intern, more than 100 kilometers of breakaway.

The team manager of Androni Giocattoli Sidermec Gianni Savio was also satisfied: «Today, the team worked very well, perfectly interpreting the indications of the technical meeting. Mattia Bais immediately entered the day’s escape and was on the attack for many kilometers. In the final, the “red train” piloted Manuel Belletti well, then the author of a splendid sprint with which he touched the victory ».


Jhonatan Restrepo finished in second place the last stop of the Vuelta al Tachira for the Androni Giocattoli Sidermec. The Venezuelan race ended with the circuit in San Cristobal.

To prevail the Venezuelan Quintero who passed the Colombian of the Androni Giocattoli Sidermec, scored twice in this edition of the Tachira, with which he had benefited in the last meters of the race. Third the Venezuelan Rincon to 4” with the other Androni Kevin Rivera, veteran from two consecutive victories, who ended in sixth place. Just Rivera finished in third place in the general classification behind the Venezuelans Campos (first) and Ruiz. The Androni Giocattoli Sidermec closes a great Vuelta with the final podium of Rivera and with five victories on eight stages. And three seconds in the fractions where the big target escaped.


It’s official, Bottecchia will be back on the roads of the Giro d’Italia in May with the Italian champions Androni Giocattoli Sidermec. More than deserved participation, given that the most combative team in Italy has been able to conquer the Cycling Cup also in 2019 and demonstrate determination to sell.

Last year, riding EMME 4 Squadra, the team finished the pink race in 9th place in the team standings in front of ten World Tour formations, collecting many satisfactions. Among the many, a stage victory, with Masnada on the exhilarating day of San Giovanni Rotondo. Two second places, with Cattaneo in Como and with Vendrame in San Martino di Castrozza. And a third place always with Masnada in the stage of Mortirolo. Awarded also for pole position in the rankings of combativeness and flying goals.

From RCS with the invitation to participate in the Giro the invitation to Tirreno-Adriatico and Strade Bianche also arrived, where the team will not fail to surprise all its fans.

Discover the bike Campione d’Italia EMME 4 Squadra 2020


A day to remember today for Androni Giocattoli Sidermec. In the early afternoon the wild card for the participation in the next Giro d’Italia (as well as in Tirreno-Adriatico and Strade Bianche) arrived from Rcs, while the fifth stage of the Vuelta al Tachira in Venezuela ended a little while ago with a new success for the champions of Italy. To sign it was again Jhonatan Restrepo, the 25 year old Colombian already scored in Rubio in the third stage. Now the acute one in Borota, where the fifth fraction that started from San Juan de Colon (106.7 km) ended. Restrepo overtook the four teammates in what proved to be the decisive action: the Venezuelan Camargo finished second, while the other Androni Giocattoli Sidermec Daniel Munoz finished third. For the team led in South America by Gianni Savio and Giampaolo Cheula, Jefferson Cepeda was also the sixth place, first of the pursuers at 1’18 “. In the general classification, when three stages are missing at the conclusion, he leads the Venezuelan Campos. The best of the Androni Giocattoli Sidermec is Cepeda, fifth at 1’27 “. Rivera is tenth and Munoz eleventh.

For Restrepo, as mentioned, it is the second personal success at the Vuelta al Tachira, which after thirteen years has seen a Colombian runner impose himself in two fractions in the same edition. For Androni Giocattoli Sidermec, considering Pacioni’s winning sprint in the first fraction, it is the third success since the beginning of the season.




In Venezuela Red Lab is still the color of victory. The fourth stage of the Vuelta al tachira (Coloncito-La grita 145.1 km) still brings a podium at the Androni Giocattoli Sidermec. On the final climb to La Grita the best of the Italian champions was Kevin Rivera, already fourth yesterday, who closed in second place at 10” from the Venezuelan leonel Quintero. Rivera  preceded the other Venezuelan Salinas, who always leads the rankings with 6” of margin right on the costaricense of the Androni Giocattoli Sidermec. At La Grita good test also by Jefferson Cepeda: the Ecuadorian runner of the champions of Italy finished in sixth place at 30” from the winner.


The second victory has arrived, for the Androni Giocattoli Sidermec at the Vuelta Tachira. EMME 4 SQUADRA cuts again in first position the finish line of the Venezuelan stages race with the Colombian Jhonatan Restrepo. One of the new purchases of the season has surpassed the Venezuelans Salinas and Campos and the partner Kevin Rivera in a narrow and very long sprint. The four had taken advantage in the final and ended with 37” on a first group of pursuers.

The team, led in South America by Gianni Savio and Giampaolo Cheula, after the disappointment of the second stage, repeated the success of Pacioni of the first fraction. Restrepo, 25 years old in November, is at his first professional victory after the all-American title among the under-23s in 2015.

The stage of Rubio has also seen Kevin Rivera shine. The Costa Rican climber was very good in the final like a Restrepo in great shape. Restrepo now occupies the second place in the general classification behind Salinas. Rivera is fourth, Pacioni ninth.


It was the photofinish that took off the second possible success to the Androni Giocattoli Sidermec and Luca Pacioni at the Vuelta Tachira. The second stage of the Venezuelan race from El piñal to Abejalis for 154.8 kilometers, in fact, resolved with the await breakaway that at first seemed to have rewarded the stimulus of Pacions, winner yesterday on the Tariba opening circuit in San Cristobal. Only the analysis of the photofinish led to change the result that had initially rewarded the 26-year-old from Romagna of the champions of Italy, relegating him to the second place of the day.

The Venezuelan Ralph monsalve imposed himself by a few inches. Paconi in turn preceded the other Venezuelan Sierra. Fifth place for the other Androni, Nicola Venchiarutti. The Italian champions in the final were the most active to resume the breakaway. Luca pacioni remains leader of the race that tomorrow will propose his third stage with departure and arrival in Rubio (135.2 kilometers).


The first Italian victory of the season is ours. Like one, two and three years ago. It ended in exactly the same way as the last seasons the first stage of the vuelta to the tachira in Venezuela. For the Androni Giocattoli Sidermec, in fact, the debut in South America always seems to rhyme with victory. This time to start the new year with a  winning sprint on the new EMME 4 Team was Luca pacioni, the sprinter from Romagna returning from the champions of Italy with which he had already run a couple of seasons.

The first Italian team to win in this 2020, the androni Giocattoli Sidermec at the Venezuelan stage race continues its beautiful tradition. On the Tariba circuit in San Cristobal (117.6 km total divided into 8 laps) the champions of Italy, led by team manager Gianni Savio and sports director Giampaolo Cheula, they checked well to launch their first sprinter in the final sprint. The last forerunner for the 26-year-old Pacioni was Nicola Venchiarutti, who then closed again close to ten (12°). Pacioni, who at the end of this first stage also dressed the yellow jersey of leader of the general classification, preceded the Venezuelans Yaguaro and Salinas.

On the podium of the day to reward the winner (to the fifth success in career) also the Venezuelan deputy minister of sport Juan Carlos amarante who has long entertained with the team manager of androni Giocattoli Sidermec Gianni Savio. From the friendly conversation, followed also by the meeting with sport minister Pedro Infante, it seems that the government is willing to honour the old debt with the team, related to the 2014 sponsorship, and to start a new project aimed at the growth of young Venezuelan runners with Gianni Savio as a mentor.


The second edition of the GF Garda Bottecchia will be held on March 22nd. The roads of Lake Garda and its hinterland await you along a track perfectly suited for the first part of the season, with two routes of 90 and 110 km!

Departure from Garda and ready to go up to Costermano. Quick stretch towards Cavaion and beaten to return to the lake. Once in Garda you face the short but demanding slope that leads to Marciaga and then head straight for Caprino Veronese where the climb to CamPasso begins, which reaches the highest altitude. From there it quickly slips towards the Val d’Adige to circumnavigate the whole stretch of Veronese competence. In view of the Rivoli Veronese wind farm, you will have to climb it and then leave it behind in the direction of Costermano del Garda to conclude the first experience of GF Garda Bottecchia. The long track in Rivoli will descend back into the Val d’Adige and then recover altitude again to Caprino, rejoining the last km towards the finish.

Do not miss the opportunity to ride in the enchanting Gardesian scenery!


The new season of Androni Giocattoli Sidermec will start from South America, as the tradition of the last few years now wants. In fact, after the mini retreat in Cesenatico, the first commitments for 2020 are officially defined, taking place in the name of internationality for the team ready to compete during the coming year on four continents.

The champions of Italy, winners in 2019  at a world level among the Professional teams, will fly to South America in January to compete first at the Vuelta al Tachira in Venezuela and then at the Vuelta a San Juan in Argentina. Two important events for which the riders are preparing. The Tachira in Venezuela will be ten days race from January 10th. In Argentina, instead, from January 26th to February 2nd.

In the coming weeks, after the first real retreat that will start in a few days, the Androni Giocattoli Sidermec, which in 2019 closed with 32 victories and as the best Italian team in the world ranking, will announce the riders who will take part in the first two appointments of the season .


There is still a great figure coming from the splendid 2019 season of the Italian champions, who are now almost ready for the first collegiate appointments in view of 2020.

Scrolling through the various classifications of an exceptional year riding EMME 4, at least the third consecutive in terms of numbers and emotions, it’s impossibile not to speak about victories. The Androni Giocattoli Sidermec, in fact, is first in the world in terms of victories, 32, in the rankings of the Professional teams.

Another really interesting info (accompanied by 17 second places and 14 third places) for the Italian champions if we consider that behind are finished formations as the Israel Academy, Coredon, Cofidis and Total Direct Energie just to name a few.

Then the Androni Giocattoli Sidermec is sixth,  for the number of victories in the world rankings which includes all the teams, even the World Tour. And in terms of successes, the pearl certainly remains the stage of San Giovanni Rotondo at the Giro d’Italia. But many were the high points of prestige of the team that won important competitions in Italy, France and Spain. In Europe, successes have also been achieved in Hungary and Romania, while three continents (in addition to Europe, including Asia and America), where the Androni Giocattoli Sidermec ended on the first step of the podium. The Androni Giocattoli Sidermec team manager Gianni Savio is satisfied, already looking to the future: «We are really proud of the results obtained. In the next season we will make Italian and foreign talents begin in a new competitive formation. The youth project will continue, with which in three years we have launched the Tour de France winner Egan Bernal, Ivan Sosa, Davide Ballerini, Mattia Cattaneo, Fausto Masnada and Andrea Vendrame on the World Tour. With determination and enthusiasm, we are ready for new, important goals “.



The Androni Giocattoli Sidermec season closes with a double victory. The last stage of the Tour of Taihu Lake (the sixth, Jinhu-Jinhu of 73 kilometers), in fact, offered a sprint all “red” with the first place of Marco Benfatto and the second of Matteo Pelucchi. The Belgian Vallèe is third.

The two reversed the positions of last days when they dominated the sprint of the fourth fraction. For the Androni Giocattoli Sidermec, therefore, the eastern trip, which ended the racing season, triumphantly ends: two victories for Benfatto and two for Pelucchi. With today’s one for the Italian champion team, in China led by sporting director Giampaolo Cheula, the overall balance of victories in 2019 arrives  to 32.


The Androni Giocattoli Sidermec does not stop. After the beautiful Giro di Lombardia yesterday with the break away and first place on the Ghisallo of Fausto Masnada, the good news of the day arrived from the East for the champions of Italy. In fact, Matteo Pelucchi won in the Tour of Taihu Lake in front of his partner Marco Benfatto. The one-two arrived in the fourth stage of the Chinese race, Suzhou-Suzhou of 116 kilometers.

Third Raim (Israel Cycling Academy), then Bevilacqua and Kennet. It is not the first time in season that the two sprinters of the Androni Giocattoli Sidermec close a race in first and second place: in May it had already happened at the Vuelta a Aragon in Spain. Per Pelucchi is the sixth success of the season, for Androni Giocattoli Sidermec, in China led by sporting director Giampaolo Cheula, the 31st success of 2019. The Tour of Taihu Lake will close on Tuesday 15 October.


Even at the Giro di Lombardia, one of the monumental races, the Androni Giocattoli Sidermec, fresh winner of the Italian team championship, did not fail to be a protagonist. From Bergamo to Como, in the classic of dead leaves, Fausto Masnada was once again the great interpreter of the day. At his last with the shirt of the Italian champions Masnada, who won in the season a stage in the Giro d’Italia, entered the break that marked Il Lombardia until the final and above all he passed first on the Ghisallo, in front of the Sanctuary of the Madonna protector of cyclists.

Masnada at kilometer 8 of the race (243 total ones) was already on the run with seven other riders including Davide Ballerini. At kilometer 173 the Androni Giocattoli Sidermec riderd from Bergamo was alone in command and a few kilometers later it was the first to pass through Ghisallo, winning the Todisco award in memory of the journalist of the Gazzetta dello Sport. Only at the beginning of the Sormano, after nearly 180 kilometers, the action of Masnada ended. Then very good at finishing the race, won by the Dutch Mollema in front of Valverde and Bernal, the champion rider from Italy, as mentioned, was the protagonist of the final awards ceremony of the Rcs race. On stage he received the award in memory of the journalist of the Gazzetta Todisco. Masnada, from Bergamo, with his action honored the figure of Felice Gimondi to whom the 113th Giro di Lombardia was dedicated.



With great pleasure we announce that for the third consecutive year we are Italian Champions with the Androni Giocattoli Sidermec team!

After a great season, EMME 4 Squadra confirm itself as the Italian Champion bike with the conquest of the Cycling Cup.

With the tricolor on the chest, the successes also come from abroad with the victory this morning of Matteo Pelucchi at the Tour of Taihu Lake (China), which repeated the success of yesterday by Marco Benfatto (now fifth). The two sprinters in two days brought respectively the twenty-ninth and thirtieth success in the season for the champions of Italy.

Proud to be part of this great Italian team.


Stefano Dal Grande reaches the top ten in a spectacular race.

 A beautiful autumn day gave 600 athletes a good morning in Tremosine on Lake Garda. The first Elite grid was made up of many important names of the Italian and European mtb world. The Tremalzo Bike is a competition that cannot be missed in the calendar. At 10 am the departure, and immediately a quartet comes off and dictates the rhythm. Stefano and 5 other bikers launch themselves in pursuit and reach Passo Tremalzo at about 1900 meters high. The 14 km descent is really tough and leads to the foot of Monte Zenone where the last effort awaits them before it arrived. Medvedev crosses the finish line, followed by Pruus and Chiarini. Dal Grande Stefano arrives sixth confirming a good shape. Pavarin, unfortunately, victim of a mechanical failure too far from the technical assistance, must retire and walk back. Marco D’Agostino, despite the bad injury of last week he finished the race very well. But for the Reds team the Tremalzo Bike was an important race because it saw our great Efrem Bonelli return to the race after months of absence for health reasons. A great day and a big smile of joy for Efrem to pass under the arch of the arrival.


Kevin Rivera reached the top ten for the Androni Giocatoli Sidermec today in a Milan-Turin among the big names.

In Superga won the Canadian Woods in front of Valverde and Adam Yates. Then Benoot, Gaudi, Bernal, Mollena and Fuglsang before the young Costarican climber of the Italian champions who finished in 9th place ahead of the Spanish Mas.

The race was inflamed on the second and last ascent of Superga towards the finish line with the expected big battles. Rivera, who turned 21 in June, was very good to sprinting and keeping a great rythm and close at just 33 “from the winner. Good in general, in addition to Rivera’s beautiful 9th ​​place, the Androni Giocattoli Sidermec test that also placed Masnada and Ravanelli quite well. Bad luck, instead, for Mattia Cattaneo who fell in the final.

The champions of Italy with today’s good performance are still in the top of the Cycling Cup when at the end of the challenge only the Gran Piemonte of tomorrow is missing. At the Gran Piemonte (the arrival is uphill in Oropa) the Androni Giocattoli Sidermec will line up Masnada, Bais, Vendrame, Rivera, Florez, Munoz and Ravanelli.


After the Tour of Emilia, the Beghelli Grand Prix, and the Tre Valli Varesine the Androni Giocattoli Sidermec maintains the leadership of the Cycling Cup, when to the end there are only two races left. The team prepares for the season finale and it is ready to ride the latest events  of the national calendar races.

Great test at the Tre Valli Varesine, where it was the photo finish that took away from Andrea Vendrame and Androni Giocattoli Sidermec the third place that the unofficial arrival order had initially attributed to the Italian champions. It ended like this, with a touched podium and a bit of a bitter taste for the Androni Giocattoli Sidermec, the Tre Valli Varesine (1.HC), marked by the presence of fourteen World Tour teams.

The team will be looking for points until Thursday, at the Milan-Turin and the Gran Piemonte, two races that call climbers to the appeal.


Alla D’Annunzio Bike, Dal Grande almost reach the victory and Pavarin is third at the XCO “Tra Adige e Gorzone”.

A respectful starting grid on the Gardone lakefront. At 9:30 am the departure and our athletes see them already in the first positions. As soon as you leave the lake you pass in front of the Vittoriale degli Italiani, the historic home of Gabriele D’Annunzio and on a very scenic stretch you reach San Michele where you enter the heart of the race. First with a nice single track then the famous time trial climb “Pirel col Krono” to reach the highest point at 1000 meters the Pirelli. Then a dive all downhill very funny and fast. The race was commanded by the trio composed of Cattaneo, Dal Grande and Rebagliati. Followed a few minutes by D’Agostino, who lost a teammate and consequently the possibility of playing as a team. Stefano did not give up and finished the race in second position with a spectacular sprint fought with Cattaneo at the Vittoriale. Marco comes in fourth but with good advantage over his pursuer. Tonoli’s performance was also excellent, coming in eleventh.

While in Veneto our Marcello Pavarin has conquered a third step of the podium at the “xco tra Adige e Gorzone”

Congratulations to our Factory Team!


The Tour of China closed with an award ceremony that saw the Androni Giocattoli Sidermec as the protagonist.

Double award ceremony for Kevin Rivera: third place in the overall standings and first place in the ranking of climbers and pois jersey for him.

Marco Benfatto, on the other hand, closed the points ranking in second place.

Finally, the Androni Giocattoli Sidermec took the stage to receive the award for best Team.

For the Italian champions, led by Leonardo Canciani, it is the 28th success of the season.


The new success for the Androni Giocattoli Sidermec comes from the fast wheel of Marco Benfatto.

In the second stage of the Tour of China II the Paduan sprinter claimed his inspiration with a great comeback in the last 50 meters of the race.

His workhorse: T1 ENDURACE,  the carbon monocoque super aero top of the range, perfect for sprints. 

For Benfatto, the success on the Jianghua circuit is the third of this Chinese September, after the two at the Tour of China I. The Androni Giocattoli Sidermec sprinter at the finish line preceded Reguigui (Tsg) and Nicolas Marini. Benfatto with today’s success has also conquered the top of the points standings and tomorrow in the third stage of the Chinese race that will close on September 22nd will start with the blue jersey of leader of the special ranking. For Androni Giocattoli Sidermec today is the 26th success in the season.


Victory almonst touched at the Tour du Limousin for the Androni Giocattoli Sidermec. In the second stage from Base départementale de Rouffiac to Trélissac of 182.9 kilometers, in fact, it was Francesco Gavazzi who finished second in the group sprint. Another podium, therefore, for the Androni Giocattoli Sidermec, which with today’s one has reached seventy-five in the season. For Gavazzi, beaten only by the Spaniard Mikel Aristi (Euskadi), today’s result is the confirmation of a growing condition after the good finish in the first stage of the Vuelta a Burgos last week.

The Valtellina closed before the French Cosnefroy, Sbaragli, the Spanish Lobato, the transalpine Pacher, Albanian, and the other two French Calmejane (leader of the general) and Idjouadiene.

The short French stage race, which opened yesterday, tomorrow will offer the third stage Chamboulive-Beynat of 176.8 kilometers. Saturday, then, the closing in Limoges.