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UCI Pro Continental

The team survived by the skin of its teeth last year after sponsor Barloworld almost pulled out following Moses Duenas? positive test at the Tour de France.

Thankfully, the South Africa-based brand management company were talked round and the 16-strong squad fight on. Where they get to fight is another matter: Grand Tour invites will be hard to come by, so the British-registered team will need to make a good impression early on.

Robbie Hunter can be relied upon for a few sprint wins, while former Tour de France polka dot jersey winner Juan Maricio Soler will be looking for better form after a nightmare 2008.

Big things are expected of Steve Cummings after a winter losing upper body bulk gained from track training. Keep an eye out for fellow Brits Chris Froome and Geraint Thomas.

RIDERS

John-Lee Augustyn

Francesco Bellotti

Diego Caccia

Patrick Calcagni

Félix Rafael Cárdenas Ravalo

Giampaolo Cheula

Marco Corti

Steve Cummings

Chris Froome

Robbie Hunter

Darryl Impey

Paolo Longo Borghini

Michele Merlo

Carlo Scognamiglio

Juan Mauricio Soler Hernández

Geraint Thomas

MANAGER

Claudio Corti

BIKES

Bianchi

COMPONENTRY

Shimano

LINK

www.teambarloworld.com