Ancona (AN), 29 July, 2015 – Area Zero-D’Amico-Bottecchia is ready to take on their most extended transfer of the season. It’s a long flight to South America, where the Italian continental team led by team manager Ivan De Paolis will take part in the Vuelta a Colombia, which kicks off on Sunday, August 2nd with a 24 km team time trial in the capital, Bogota.

“The Vuelta a Colombia is an important race in our season. For the team and our sponsors it’s a very interesting international showcase. We’re happy to come back to this race after last year’s brilliant experience, where we managed to obtain a nice stage victory and plenty of placements,” says team manager Ivan De Paolis.

The Vuelta a Colombia is a gruelling race. I think that for our riders it will be an important chance to gain experience, comparable to what you would get in a major stage race. It’s 15 days of racing, and the level of the riders and the teams in the pack is very high; there are high mountain stages with long climbs, flat stages and time trials. You’re often racing at high altitudes; for us Europeans it will be important to get our bearings in the first few days. Especially for the younger riders it will be a chance to mature and grow, while I’m expecting some good tests from our more experienced riders like Paolo Ciavatta and Antonio Parrinello, as well as from our own Colombian Eduardo Estrada. Last year we made an excellent impression on the organizers, the media and the Colombian public, and this year the aim is to reaffirm ourselves at the highest levels while trying to figure as major players,” explains sports director Massimo Codol.

Among its ranks Area Zero-D’Amico-Bottecchia will also be lining up a young Colombian talent, Eduardo Estrada, who was born in 1995.
I’m happy that I can ride in the Vuelta a Colombia. It will be emotional to ride in my country, on hometown roads in front of national crowds. It will be further motivation to give it my all and do well,” says Eduardo Estrada. “I am having a wonderful experience with Area Zero-D’Amico-Bottecchia, who are helping me become familiar with Italian and European cycling. There is a lovely atmosphere on the team, we’ve created a tightknit group and I’m sure that the Vuelta a Colombia is going to bring us some major gratification.”

2-15/08 Vuelta a Colombia (Col) UCI 2.2
Riders: Giorgio Bocchiola, Adriano Brogi, Thomas Capocchi, Paolo Ciavatta, Eduardo Estrada, Davide Leone, Iltjan Nika, Antonio Parrinello.
D.s.: Massimo Codol.