BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (BRAIN) — Shimano Latin America announced a new UCI Continental team on Wednesday to be based on Buenos Aires and led by Walter Perez, gold medalist in the 2008 Beijing Olympics and a prolific Argentine athlete.
The roster of Ba La Provincia, also known as Cascos Naranjas, or Orange Helmets, also includes Argentine time trial champion Ignacio Pereyra and up-and-comers Santiago Espindola, Julian Becaglia, Lucas Gaday and Sebastián Tolosa. Federico Pagani, Claudio Arone and Julian Gaday round out the squad.
The team will ride Colner bikes from Argentina outfitted with Shimano Dura-Ace groupsets and PRO components. Significant races on the calendar include the Tour de San Luis in January, the classic Double Bragado in February as well as races in Trinidad and Tobago, the U.S., Italy and the world championships in Glasgow, Scotland.
Ba La Provincia is also supported by the government of the province of Buenos Aires.