Lampre

Specialized has worked together with Team Lampre since 2006, supplying the team with S-Works helmets and optics. The team enjoyed an immensely successful 2008 season capped by Alessandro Ballan winning the world championships.

In its team history, Lampre has enjoyed many great wins with great riders, including Tonkov's win at the Giro in 1996, Ballerini's win at Paris-Roubaix in 1998, Oscar Camenzind's World Championship win in 1998 and Liege-Bastogne-Liege in 2001, and Gilberto Simoni's overall win at the Giro in 2001. In 2007, Lampre-Fondital (its former name) was the team that obtained most Pro Tour victories: Tour of Flanders and Hamburg Classic thanks to Ballan, Giro di Lombardia thanks to Cunego, Giro d'Italia stages thanks to Napolitano and Bruseghin, Tour de France and Vuelta stages thanks to Bennati, and stages in Tirreno-Adriatico and Tour of Romandie thanks to Bono. General Manager Giuseppe Saronni can take credit for leading the team to great accomplishments for more than a decade.

In 2008, Lampre's squad continues to develop its winning program, with victories in every kind of race and on every type of course. The roster is rounded out by its combination of experienced winners along with young up-and-coming riders, with athletes from five different nations (Italy, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Poland, and Slovenia): Fabio Baldato, Alessandro Ballan, Marco Bandiera, Emanuele Bindi, Matteo Bono, Marzio Bruseghin, Damiano Cunego, Paolo Fornaciari, Francesco Gavazzi, Roberto Longo, David Loosli, Mirco Lorenzetto, Marco Marzano, Massimiliano Mori, Christian Murro, Danilo Napolitano, Lubos Pelanek, Daniele Righi, Mauro Santambrogio, Simon Spilak, Sylvester Szmyd, Paolo Tiralongo.

The most popular rider is Damiano Cunego, who, at only 26 years old, has already won important races such as the Giro d'Italia, Giro di Lombardia, Tour de France white jersey of best young rider, Qinghai Lake Tour and Japan Cup. Lampre has already signed two new riders to the team for 2009 and 2010: Enrico Gasparotto and Mauro Da Dalto.

Lampre, an Italian company, entered the cycling world in 1992 thanks to President Mario Galbusera's passion for sport. With 30 years of experience in the pre-coated steel industry (plastificated, prepainted steel), Lampre today leads the European market. Lampre Group, associated Lamital and Lamfer, doesn’t produce consumer goods but relies on the visibility and image in the cycling world to promote its brand.