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Castelli return to the pro peloton

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Gilberto Simoni, David Miller and Iban Mayo model the new kit

After confirming Millar, Simoni and Mayo among the line up of riders for 2007, Saunier Duval have added another name to the team in the form of Italian apparel maker Castelli, who will be sponsors for this year’s ProTour.

For the upcoming 2007 season, Saunier Duval-Prodir, a Spanish-based team registered in Switzerland, will feature some of the biggest names in the pro-peloton flying the Castelli banner, including former Giro d’Italia winner Gilberto Simoni from Italy, Tour de France stage winner and TT specialist David Millar from Scotland, and Spain’s Iban Mayo, a major tour stage winner and climber extraordinaire.

Saunier Duval-Prodir will make its European 2007 debut at Trofeo Mallorca on February 11th. Other major races where the team will be represented: Paris-Nice, Tirreno-Adriatico, Paris-Roubaix, Liège-Bastogne-Liège, Tour of Italia, Tour de France, Tour of Spain.

“We’re very happy to be working with Mauro Gianetti and the Saunier Duval-Prodir team because they share our passion for innovation and relentless pursuit of performance,” announced Castelli Brand Manager Steve Smith. “They already have the lightest bike, the most innovative group-set, high-end wheels, and now some of the fastest clothing. With Gilberto Simoni we’ve worked hard on making the lightest, most aerodynamic clothing on the ProTour.”

Castelli’s history of innovation includes stitching jerseys out of light-weight silk rather than traditional wool and introducing the first Lycra short to the professional peloton.

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