Aurum Hotels

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Aurum Hotels (also: Naturino-Sapore di Mare ) was an Italian cycling team .

The former Professional Continental Team was founded in 1996 under the name Cantina Tollo - CoBo. Under the changing sponsors Acqua e Sapone , Domina Vacanze and Naturino-Sapore Di Mare , the core of the team around Vincenzo Santoni always stayed together.

Drivers like Danilo Di Luca , Alexander Kolobnew , Michele Scarponi , Daniele Bennati or Murilo Fischer made their professional debut for the team, but also many veteran professionals such as B. Mario Cipollini , Giovanni Lombardi , Gian Matteo Fagnini , Gabriele Colombo or Filippo Simeoni drove here.

A black day in the team's history was June 15, 2005, when 37-year-old cyclist Alessio Galletti died of cardiac arrest in the Spanish one-day race Subida al Naranco . Another stroke of fate struck the team in November 2006 when Paul Crake was hit by a gust of wind during a pre-season race in his home country Australia on the Southland Tour and fell so badly and suffered a serious spinal injury .

Since the 2007 season, the Aurum Hotels chain has been the main sponsor of the team, which only had a license as a Continental team .

At the beginning of July 2007 the team was suspended by the Italian association due to financial problems. The team was disbanded in late 2007.

2007 season


date run winner
April 19th ItalyItaly1st stage Giro d'Abruzzo ItalyItaly Luca Ascani
19. – 22. April ItalyItaly Overall ranking Giro d'Abruzzo ItalyItaly Luca Ascani
June 26th ItalyItaly Italian Championship - Individual Time Trial ItalyItaly Luca Ascani *

* Ascani tested positive for EPO when he won the A sample

Additions Disposals

Accesses Team 2006 Departures Team 2007
ItalyItaly Marco Fabbri Neoprofi BrazilBrazil Murilo Fischer Liquigas-Bianchi
ItalyItaly Massimo Giunti Miche
ItalyItaly Massimiliano Mori Lampre-Fondital
Czech RepublicCzech Republic Martin Mareš PSK whirlpool
ItalyItaly Cristian Gasperoni Ceramica Flaminia
RussiaRussia Alexander Baschenow Cinelli-Endeka OPD


Surname birthday nationality Team 2008
Valerio Agnoli January 6, 1985 ItalyItaly Italy Liquigas
Luca Ascani June 29, 1983 ItalyItaly Italy Doping Abuse Trial
Stefan Cohnen 4th December 1982 NetherlandsNetherlands Netherlands Team Sparkasse
Gabriele Colombo May 11, 1972 ItalyItaly Italy End of career
Paul Crake 6th December 1976 AustraliaAustralia Australia Retired due to racing accident in 2006
Marco Fabbri November 24, 1986 ItalyItaly Italy
Massimiliano Gentili 16th September 1971 ItalyItaly Italy Acqua & Sapone
Leonardo Giordani May 27, 1977 ItalyItaly Italy Ceramica Flaminia
Sergio Marinangeli 2nd July 1980 ItalyItaly Italy Team LPR
Luca Pierfelici 3rd September 1983 ItalyItaly Italy Acqua & Sapone
Antonio Quadranti August 26, 1980 ItalyItaly Italy Katay
Eddy Ratti April 4th 1977 ItalyItaly Italy Team Nippo-Endeka
Emanuele Rizza February 8, 1984 ItalyItaly Italy P-Nívó Betonexpressz 2000 Corratec
Luigi Sestili July 9, 1983 ItalyItaly Italy Ceramica Flaminia
Filippo Simeoni 17th August 1971 ItalyItaly Italy Ceramica Flaminia
Rino Zampilli March 7, 1984 ItalyItaly Italy Katay

Placements in UCI rankings

UCI America Tour

season Team ranking Driver ranking
2005 7th

UCI Asia Tour

season Team ranking Driver ranking
2005 9.

UCI Europe Tour

season Team ranking Driver ranking
2005 5. BrazilBrazil Murilo Fischer (1st)

Individual evidence

  1. a b c Naturino-Sapore di Mare, Storia della squadra on accessed on October 17, 2013 (Italian)
  2. from June 16, 2005: Any help came too late for Galletti
  3. Paul Crake on ( Memento of the original from October 24, 2013 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. Retrieved October 16, 2013  @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /

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