Marcello Albasini has been named a Sports Director for the newly formed Cervélo TestTeam.
Albasini is a seasoned cycling coach who has developed many pro riders over the years, notably Olympic and multiple World Champion Fabian Cancellara, who won the Junior World Champion title under Albasini’s watchful eye.
“We are pleased to welcome Marcello Albasini to our team,” said Thomas Campana, Managing Director, Cervélo TestTeam. "Marcello has been instrumental in formulating, training and encouraging the careers of many young Swiss athletes and we are most fortunate to have him working with our new riders.
"He has a stellar reputation as a coach with the Swiss Olympic team, the Junior National Team of the Swiss National Cycling Federation, and the Swiss U23 National Team with whom he has worked since 1999," Campana added. "His expertise and talents will work well with those of Jean-Paul van Poppel and Jens Zemke as the team’s three sports directors.”
Albasini, 51, is also the father of cyclist Michael Albasini of Team Liquigas.
“This is a dream come true,” said Albasini upon signing his contract. “I’m really happy to have the opportunity to develop myself and to work next year together with the Cervélo TestTeam riders.”
In addition to 2008 Tour de France champion Carlos Sastre and Thor Hushovd, the international team roster includes Spaniards Joaquin Novoa Méndez, Iñigo Cuesta and Xavier Florencio; Lithuanian Ignas Konovalovas; Aussies Simon Gerrans and Brett Lancaster; Germans Martin Reimer and Andreas Klier; Norwegian Gabriel Rasch; Great Britain's Daniel Lloyd, Jeremy Hunt, Roger Hammond and Dan Fleeman; Irishman Phillip Deignan; New Zealander Hayden Roulston; Belgian Serge Pauwels; Swiss Marcel Wyss; American Ted King; and Canadian Dominique Rollin, winner of a stage during the 2008 Tour of California.