Team Zappi 2010

Former Italian professional cyclist Flavio Zappi has created a development team for under-23 riders based in Oxford and backed by UK bike company Sabbath Bicycles.

After a hiatus of some 20 years, Zappi's name reappared in cycling results in 2007 when he started riding - and winning - some amateur races in Britain.

Zappi quit the cyclist's life to concentrate on a catering business, which brought him to Oxford where he runs Zappi's Café. 

On his return to cycling, Zappi quickly recognised that Britain doesn't have the development opportunities for younger riders, and decided to create his own team to give under-23 riders the necessary experience to move up to a bigger league. Team Zappi was born.

"It's very difficult for young riders to gain experience and develop in the UK, as there's not the culture of road racing as a youth sport here, unlike in France and Italy," said Zappi. 

Five under-23 riders have been signed, and they will ride alongside Zappi in his role as rider/manager and assistant manager Tom Kirk.

Team Zappi will contest rounds of the British Cycling Premier Calendar series, as well as gaining valuable experience on the continent in Belgium and Italy.

The squad will ride Sabbath Bicycles Monday's Child models equipped with SRAM Force components.

Team Zappi

Dexter Gardias (U23)

Sam Parker (U23)

Tom Yeatman (U23)

Jack Kirk (U23)

Will Fox (U23)

Flavio Zappi (Senior, Rider/Manager)

Tom Kirk (Senior, Rider/Assistant Manager)

Team Zappi 2010

Team Zappi 2010

Dexter Gardias Team Zappi 2010

Dexter Gardias with Team Zappi Sunday bike

Photos by Adam Tranter

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