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by Shane Stokes
September 16, 2017
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Following a year where he failed to shine with the UAE Emirates squad, missing out on landing any victories, Andrea Guardini will step down from the WorldTour level in 2018. The Italian sprinter has signed a two-year deal with the Pro Continental Bardiani-CSF squad, and will hope to get things back on track there.
A winner of 40 races during his career, Guardini’s past results include a stage win in the 2012 Giro d’Italia, 22 stage victories in the Tour de Langkawi, plus stage wins in the Post Danmark Rundt, the Presidential Tour of Turkey, the Eneco Tour, the Tour of Oman and the Tour of Qinghai Lake. However he hasn’t delivered on his early promise.
Despite that, team managers Bruno and Roberto Reverberi said they were very happy to sign him and believed he would be a big addition to the team. Guardini explained his own rationale behind the move. “It didn’t take too much time to find an agreement with Bruno: both me both the team strongly wanted to work together,” said the 28-year-old.
“During the past weeks I thought a lot about my career so far. I thought about my future prospects and ambitions. I couldn’t hide myself that in last seasons, included 2017, I didn’t get what I wanted. I’m pretty sure I can deserve a place in a World Tour team, but the most important thing for me is the role I can have. In Bardiani-CSF I know I can be leader in many races.
“Coming back in a Professional team is not a failure for me, but a conscious choice. I know I’ll be in a solid and well equipped team, in a young and motivated environment. Other remarkable aspect is the calendar. Bardiani-CSF has always raced important events, so I can alternated good level races suited for my characteristics and top events.”