Max Sciandri 'honoured' to lead Italy's national squad

Max Sciandri

Max Sciandri says that he is 'honoured' to take over Italy's famed national team. The Italian cycling federation nominated Sciandri for the post, and should appoint him later this month as Paolo Bettini's successor to head up the road squad.

"How can you not be honoured? People have been coming up to me and saying 'complementi' and 'congratulazioni' and whatever," Sciandri told Cycling Weekly.

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.