There will be a familiar face at the front of the ProTour peloton in 2007… the same "C" logo that graced the head tubes of three winners of the Giro d'Italia and history's most prolific sprinter will now adorn the bikes of the Liquigas Pro Cycling Team.
Inaugural ProTour overall winner Danilo Di Luca returns aboard a Cannondale with the spring classics and the Giro d'Italia as his main objectives. Di Luca capped his 2006 season off with an impressive win at the Vuelta d'Espana.
Newcomer Filippo Pozzato sets out with the immediate goal of defending his Milan-San Remo title. Pippo joins many of his past teammates at Liquigas, like sprinter Francesco Chicchi and the American-registered Guido Trenti, and places a certain amount of team leadership on his shoulders for the classics and stage victories in the major tours.
Former Paris-Roubaix winner Magnus Backstedt has his sights for the cobbled classics.
The riders of the Liquigas Pro Cycling Team will ride the new System Six, Synapse SL and Six13 Slice bicycles. According to Cannondale, the "unique frames and System Innovation will offer them a combination of lightweight and stiffness to give them a crucial technical advantage."
"The SystemSix bucks the stiffness to weight paradigm," says Steve Metz, VP Product at Cannondale.
"Ordinarily, to achieve the ultimate race-desired stiffness, a bike must add material in critical areas. The SystemSix, uncharacteristically adds stiffness using less material through our knowledge based, laminate design process."
Chris Peck, VP of R&D at Cannondale said: "The ideal bike for the climbers in the Liquigas team. Keep an eye out for the Synapse SL as it makes its professional debut!Available April 1st 07
SystemSix SI Team: £4,599
SystemSix Pro 105 compact: £1,699
CAAD9 105 compact: £1,299
Available May 1st 07
Synapse Si SL Record: £3,949