10.11.2023 · In evidence

RENEWALS: LUCA COLNAGHI, ENRICO ZANONCELLO, MARTIN MARCELLUSI, ALESSIO MARTINELLI, AND MANUELE TAROZZI.

5 confirmed athletes. Luca Colnaghi renews for one year. Manuele Tarozzi and Alessio Martinelli renew for two years, while Enrico Zanoncello and Martin Marcellusi renew for three years.

The #greenteam, which will be called VF Group-Bardiani CSF-Faizanè from next year, has confirmed 5 riders, including Luca Colnaghi, born in ’99, who has renewed his commitment with the Italian team for another season. In 2023, he achieved 4 podium finishes and 10 Top 10 placements. His 3rd place in the fourth stage of the Tour of Denmark, behind Mads Pedersen and Fabio Jakobsen, was particularly significant.

Colnaghi’s statements: “I am pleased with the renewed mutual trust. I spent two years focused on growth and gaining experience. This will be my third year as a professional, and I have consistently improved. I believe I had a great Tour of Turkey. The outlook is promising, and I have a strong desire to perform. I thank the team and the sponsors who believe in me. I hope to entertain and enjoy myself next year.”

Martin Marcellusi will also represent the #greenteam until 2026. In 2023, he participated in his first Giro d’Italia, completing it in his hometown, Rome. He won the climber’s classification at the Tour du Limousin and finished in the top 10 at the Gran Piemonte. In his last race of the season, Il Lombardia, he played a leading role in the breakaway with his teammate Alex Tolio.

His words: “It was a challenging season where I had to chase right from the start due to a collarbone injury. During recovery, I always felt the support and trust of the team. That’s why I decided to renew for 3 years. The next season will be important for me, and I aim to achieve some significant results. I definitely want to participate in the Giro d’Italia again and with a bit more experience, manage the season better overall.”

The italian rider Manuele Tarozzi, who won the queen stage of the Tour du Rwanda, will also continue with the Reverberi family’s team for another two years.

His words: “In the 2023 season, my goal was to win at least one race. My year started with the Vuelta a San Juan, where I tried to attack on several occasions and won the climber’s classification. My first professional victory came at the Tour du Rwanda, so I had achieved my goal. There’s a bit of regret because in the second part of the season, I didn’t find the opportunity to win again. I will try to approach the winter preparation in the best way to be ready for the next season. Of course, I am happy with the renewal. I feel very comfortable here, both with the staff and teammates.”

Alessio Martinelli, a young talent from Valtellina born in 2001, finished 6th in the Giro Next Gen and was the top Italian in the general classification. He has renewed for another two years: “If I were to rate my season, it would be an 8 out of 10. It was a year where I confirmed that when I’m in good condition, I can compete in races. In the pro races, I started well. In Palma di Maiorca, I got two Top 10 finishes. The season with the Under23s was overall good. I finished 6th in the general classification at the Giro Next Gen, showing that I can be a stage race rider. It would be fantastic to participate in the Giro d’Italia next year, and I will try to earn a spot. I still hope to improve and raise the bar season after season. I thank the staff, teammates, and management who believe in my abilities.”

Enrico Zanoncello concludes this significant series of renewals. In 2023, he achieved an impressive 4 victories, 11 podium finishes, and 32 Top 10 placements. The Italian rider had the best season of his career. His words upon signing the three-year contract: “I am overjoyed with the renewal. My first year here was very challenging; I lacked awareness. This year, the team designed a perfect calendar for my characteristics. When you start winning, you gain more and more confidence and belief in your abilities, and you always want to improve. I have always found the support of my teammates, and it is also thanks to them that I had a good season. I hope to take another step forward in 2024. I like the team’s project, and there is mutual trust.”