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Amore & Vita

Amore e Vita – KIBAG – Obor
Team information
UCI codeAMO
RegisteredItaly (1990–1998)
United Kingdom (1999)
Poland (2001–2008)
United States (2009, 2022)
Ukraine (2010–2016, 2021)
Albania (2017–2018)
Latvia (2019–2020)
Founded1989 (1989)
Discipline(s)Road
StatusDiv. II: 1998–1999
Non-UCI: 2000
Div. II: 2001–2002
Div. III: 2003–2004
Continental: 2005–
Key personnel
Team manager(s)Cristian Fanini
Volodymyr Starchyk
Reto Winter
Alessio Di Basco
Maurizio Giorgini
Marco Zamparella
Team name history
1989
1990–1992
1993–1995
1996–1998
1999–2000
2001–2005
2006–2009
2010
2011–2013
2014–2017
2018–2021
2022–
Polli-Mobiexport
Amore & Vita–Fanini
Amore & Vita–Galatron
Amore & Vita–ForzArcore
Amore & Vita–Giubileo 2000-Beretta
Amore & Vita–Beretta
Amore & Vita–McDonald's
Amore & Vita–Conard
Amore & Vita
Amore & Vita–Selle SMP
Amore & Vita–Prodir
Amore e Vita
Amore e Vita-KIBAG-Obor

Amore & Vita (UCI team code: AMO) is a continental cycling team founded in 1989. It is registered in Ukraine and it participates in UCI Continental Circuits races.

Team history

The team's origins date to 1948 when Lorenzo Fanini founded an amateur cycling team. The team website states it is "the oldest professional cycling team in the world."[1]

In 1984, the team turned professional and was renamed Fanini–Wührer.[2]

In 1989, during an audience at the Vatican with Pope John Paul II, the manager, Ivano Fanini, had his riders appearing in jerseys with the slogan "No to Abortion".

Subsequently, the team was renamed Amore e Vita, "Love and Life" or "Love for Life".[3]

Chad Gerlach rode with the team in 2009 after years of homelessness and addiction preceded by promising career.[4]

In 2004, the team bikes featured a crucifix on the handlebars.[5]

Doping violations

During the Tour de Suisse in 1999, Fanini fired Timothy Jones and Massimo Gimondi after they failed hematocrit tests.[6]

Fanini offered David Millar and Jesús Manzano team spots in 2004 after they confessed to doping.[7]

After Riccardo Riccò was fired by Vacansoleil for doping violations in 2011, Fanini offered him a spot on the team if he accepted "penitential confinement". The conditions included removing his earrings, piercings and the diamond embedded in his tooth.[8] Both sides could not agree on the deal and Ricco joined Meridiana–Kamen.[9]

On 6 June 2014, Luca Benedetti gave an adverse analytical finding for Darbepoetin (dEPO), was suspended from competing and later banned for life.[10]

Team roster

As of 5 March 2021.[11][12]
Rider Date of birth
 Davide Appollonio (ITA) (1989-06-02) 2 June 1989 (age 34)
 Mykola Kravchuk (UKR) (2000-05-27) 27 May 2000 (age 23)
 Andrii Nepyivoda (UKR) (2000-03-22) 22 March 2000 (age 24)
 Charly Petelin (LUX) (1994-03-18) 18 March 1994 (age 30)
 Manuel Senni (ITA) (1992-02-06) 6 February 1992 (age 32)
 Marco Tizza (ITA) (1992-03-11) 11 March 1992 (age 32)
 Paolo Totò (ITA) (1991-01-22) 22 January 1991 (age 33)
Rider Date of birth
 Dmytro Volkov (UKR) (2002-02-21) 21 February 2002 (age 22)
 Mykhailo Yanitskyi (UKR) (1999-11-20) 20 November 1999 (age 24)
 Bogdan Zachepa (UKR) (1997-06-07) 7 June 1997 (age 26)
 Anton Zaichenko (UKR) (1996-05-16) 16 May 1996 (age 28)
 Vladislav Zubar (UKR) (1997-05-11) 11 May 1997 (age 27)
 Antonio Zullo (ITA) (1993-08-31) 31 August 1993 (age 30)

Major wins

1989
GP Industria & Artigianato di Larciano, Edward Salas
Trofeo Matteotti, Roberto Pelliconi
Trofeo Laigueglia, Pierino Gavazzi
Gran Premio Industria e Commercio di Prato, Pierino Gavazzi
1990
Stage 5 Giro d'Italia, Fabrizio Convalle
1992
Stage 1 Tour de Suisse, Alessio Di Basco
1993
Giro dell'Appennino, Giuseppe Calcaterra
1994
Stage 1 Tour de Suisse, Gianluca Pierobon
Overall Settimana Internazionale di Coppi e Bartali, Rodolfo Massi
Stage 15 Vuelta a España, Alessio Di Basco
Stage 18 Vuelta a España, Giuseppe Calcaterra
1996
Stage 2 Giro d'Italia, Glenn Magnusson
Stage 17 Giro d'Italia, Nicolaj Bo Larsen
1997
 Denmark road race championships, Nicolaj Bo Larsen
 Italy time trial championships, Dario Andriotto
Stage 5 Circuit de la Sarthe, Filippo Meloni
Overall Tour de Normandie, Glenn Magnusson
Stage 13 Giro d'Italia, Glenn Magnusson
Gran Premio Nobili Rubinetterie, Dario Andriotto
1998
 Zimbabwe road race championships, Timothy Jones
Overall Tour de l'Ain, Cristian Gasperoni
Stage 3, Alessio Galletti
Stage 9 Giro d'Italia, Glenn Magnusson
1999
Stage 9 Vodacom Rapport Toer, Gilberto Zattoni
Overall Tour of Slovenia, Timothy Jones
Stage 5, Timothy Jones
Stage 10 Tour de Suisse, Maurizio De Pasquale
Gran Premio Industria e Commercio Artigianato Carnaghese, Mirko Puglioli
Stage 1b Tour de l'Ain, Artur Krzeszowiec
Stage 3 Tour de l'Ain, Mirko Puglioli
Stage 1 Tour du Limousin, Marco Cannone
2000
Stage 5 Tour of Slovenia, Seweryn Kohut
2001
Poreč Trophy III, Andrus Aug
Overall Tour of Slovenia, Faat Zakirov
Stage 2b & 5, Faat Zakirov
Stage 4, Seweryn Kohut
Stage 1 & 5 Course de la Solidarité Olympique, Andrus Aug
Stage 5 Tour of Bulgaria, Andrus Aug
Stage 6 Tour of Bulgaria, Sławomir Kohut
2002
 Hungary road race championships, Balasz Rohtmer
 South Africa time trial championships, James Perry
Stage 3 Tour of Bulgaria, Stefano Ciuffi
Stage 2b Herald Sun Tour, Jonas Ljungblad
2003
Stage 3 Settimana Ciclistica Lombarda, Timothy Jones
Stage 1a Course de la Solidarité Olympique, Mauro Zinetti
Stage 4b Course de la Solidarité Olympique, Marek Wesoły
Giro del Medio Brenta, Przemysław Niemiec
2004
 Poland road race championships, Marek Wesoły
 Finland road race championships, Kjell Carlström
Overall Giro d'Abruzzo, Aleksandr Kuschynski
Stage 1, Ivan Fanelli
Stage 1 Tour of Slovenia, Aleksandr Kuschynski
Stage 4 Tour of Slovenia, Jonas Ljungblad
Châteauroux Classic, Aleksandr Kuschynski
Overall Herald Sun Tour, Jonas Ljungblad
Stage 7, Jonas Ljungblad
Overall Tour of Queensland, Jonas Ljungblad
Stage 5 & 7, Jonas Ljungblad
2005
 Sweden road race championships, Jonas Ljungblad
 Belarus road race championships, Aleksandr Kuschynski
Tour du Lac Léman, Jonas Ljungblad
Stage 1 Szlakiem Grodów Piastowskich, Artur Krzeszowiec
Tour de Vendée, Jonas Ljungblad
Overall Boucles de la Mayenne, Aleksandr Kuschynski
Stage 2 Herald Sun Tour, Dainius Kairelis
Melbourne to Warrnambool Classic, Jonas Ljungblad
2006
 Lithuania road race championships, Dainius Kairelis
Stage 4 Settimana Ciclistica Lombarda, Graziano Gasparre
Stage 1 Vuelta a Extremadura, Ivan Fanelli
2007
Stage 4 Settimana Ciclistica Lombarda, Ivan Quaranta
Giro d'Oro, Dainius Kairelis
2008
 Eritrea road race championships, Daniel Teklehaimanot
Commerce Bank Lehigh Valley Classic, Yuriy Metlushenko
Stage 2 Tour de Beauce, Yuriy Metlushenko
Stage 3 Tour de Beauce, Miguel Martinez
2009
 Ukraine road race championships, Volodymyr Starchyk
Stage 4 Settimana Internazionale di Coppi e Bartali, Yuriy Metlushenko
Stage 6 Tour of Qinghai Lake, Yuriy Metlushenko
Overall Univest GP, Volodymyr Starchyk
Stage 1, Team time trial
Stage 2, Volodymyr Starchyk
Stage 3 Tour of Hainan, Yuriy Metlushenko
2010
 Slovakia road race championships, Jakub Novak
Stages 4 & 5 Tour of Qinghai Lake, Yuriy Metlushenko
Stage 1 Tour of Hainan, Yuriy Metlushenko
2011
 Israel road race championships, Niv Libner
 Mexico time trial championships, Bernardo Colex
Trophée de l'Anniversaire, Volodymyr Bileka
Trophée de la Maison Royale, Vladislav Borisov
Stage 6 Vuelta Chiapas, Bernardo Colex
2012
Stage 6 Tour of Bulgaria, Yovcho Yovchev
2013
Stage 5 Baltic Chain Tour, Mihkel Räim
2014
Stage 4 Tour de Beauce, Leonardo Pinizzotto
 Israel road race championships, Niv Libner
Stages 11 & 13 Tour of Qinghai Lake, Mattia Gavazzi
Stage 2 Tour of China I, Mattia Gavazzi
Stage 1 Tour of China II, Mattia Gavazzi
Stage 3 Tour of Fuzhou, Mattia Gavazzi
2015
Stage 6 Vuelta Mexico Telmex, Mattia Gavazzi
Stage 2 Tour of Estonia, Mattia Gavazzi
 Albania road race championships, Redi Halilaj
Stages 8, 10, 11 & 13 Tour of Qinghai Lake, Mattia Gavazzi
Overall Tour of China II, Mattia Gavazzi
Stages 1, 4 & 5, Mattia Gavazzi
Stages 1 & 3 Tour of Fuzhou, Mattia Gavazzi
2016
Stage 4 Vuelta al Táchira, Eugenio Bani
Stages 6 & 8 Vuelta al Táchira, Marco Zamparella
2017
Giro dell'Appennino, Danilo Celano
Fenkil Northern Red Sea Challenge, Pierpaolo Ficara
Stage 4 Tour of Eritrea, Redi Halilaj
Stage 1 Tour of Albania, Pierpaolo Ficara
Stage 2 Tour du Jura, Pierpaolo Ficara
Memorial Marco Pantani, Marco Zamparella
2019
Stage 3 Sibiu Cycling Tour, Marco Tizza
Stage 1 Volta a Portugal, Davide Appollonio
Stage 5 Volta a Portugal, Marco Tizza
Stage 2 Tour of Almaty, Danilo Celano
2020
 Latvia road race championships, Viesturs Lukševics

National championships

1997
Denmark road race championships, Nicolai Bo Larsen
Italy time trial championships, Dario Andriotto
1998
Zimbabwe road race championships, Timothy Jones
2002
Hungary road race championships, Balasz Rohtmer
South Africa time trial championships, James Perry
2004
Poland road race championships, Marek Wesoły
Finland road race championships, Kjell Carlström
2005
Sweden road race championships, Jonas Ljungblad
Belarus road race championships, Aleksandr Kuschynski
2006
Lithuania road race championships, Dainius Kairelis
2008
Eritrea road race championships, Daniel Teklehaimanot
2009
Ukraine road race championships, Volodymyr Starchyk
2010
Slovakia road race championships, Jakub Novak
2011
Israel road race championships, Niv Libner
Mexico time trial championships, Bernardo Colex
2014
Israel road race championships, Niv Libner
2015
Albania road race championships, Redi Halilaj
2020
Latvia road race, Viesturs Lukševics

References

  1. ^ "Team Amore & Vita Prodir – la più antica Squadra Ciclistica al Mondo" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 10 September 2016. Retrieved 11 January 2019.
  2. ^ "Amore&Vita-USA Racing Cycling and Triathlon Club" (PDF). caferacertt.weebly.com. Retrieved 8 June 2023.
  3. ^ "Amore & Vita". www.amoreevita.eu. Retrieved 30 January 2019.
  4. ^ "Chad Gerlach turns down Amore & Vita contract". www.cyclingnews.com. 17 December 2009. Retrieved 30 January 2019.
  5. ^ "Daily Peloton – Pro Cycling News". Archived from the original on 11 January 2019. Retrieved 11 January 2019.
  6. ^ "News for June 18, 1999". autobus.cyclingnews.com. Retrieved 30 January 2019.
  7. ^ "Italian team offers Millar lifeline". ABC News. 22 July 2004. Retrieved 30 January 2019.
  8. ^ "Riccò may return to racing in June with Amore & Vita". www.cyclingnews.com. 31 May 2011. Retrieved 30 January 2019.
  9. ^ Ryan, Barry (June 2011). "Riccò to sign for Meridian-Kamen". cyclingnews.com. Retrieved 19 December 2019.
  10. ^ "Consequences Imposed on License-Holders as Result of Anti-Doping Rule Violations (ADRV) as per the UCI Anti-Doping Rules (ADR)" (PDF). uci.org. 1 September 2021. Retrieved 8 June 2023.
  11. ^ "Amore e Vita". UCI.org. Union Cycliste Internationale. Archived from the original on 30 January 2021. Retrieved 30 January 2021.
  12. ^ Nieri, Valter (11 February 2021). "Paolo Toto' riparte dalla Amore e Vita: "Con Fanini ho ritrovato la motivazione"" [Paolo Toto' starts with Amore e Vita: "With Fanini I found the motivation"]. TuttoBici (in Italian). Prima Pagina Edizioni srl. Retrieved 5 March 2021.
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