Italian bicycle manufacturer Bianchi, together with the Androni Giocattoli team, is gearing up for the road racing season for 2011 in a bid for total domination. The Androni team’s riders will be joining the competition equipped with their special 2011 Bianchi Oltre Pro, starting with the Tour de San Luis in Argentina set for January 17 to 23. The Argentinian race will also become the stage for the official debut of the Oltre model.
The riding team has given its thumbs up on the performance of the Oltre, citing in particular the frames capability for ease in riding and rigidity as well as the Oltre’s dynamic new aero shape design, which spells efficiency for the new bike model. Placing 17th overall for the 2010 UCI World Ranking, the Gianni Savio managed Androni team is looking for a higher ranking this year with the help of the Oltre’s superior output.
The all new team is expected to make a smashing return to its winning streak that it left off with last year, beginning with the race at Giro d’Italia. Experience is a key factor in making a winning bid this year and the bike manufacturer believes that the Tour de San Luis will play a big role, especially in giving feedback from the riders with regards to the demanding race conditions and stress. The race is also looking up for Bianchi itself since the feedback from the team will also help in developing and improving its products in the near future.
The remaining Androni team members, including the renowned climber from Italy Emanuele Sella, will be testing their mettle in the Tour de Lankawi in Malaysia on the 23rd of January until the first of February. Meanwhile, the European leg will officially begin in Italy at the Giro Giro della Provincia di Reggio Calbria, which will begin on the 28th to the 30th of January with Francesco Ginanni leading the pack.