Paris - Tour of Spain winner Chris Horner has signed for Lampre, the Italian team confirmed on Thursday.
42-year-old American has been without a team since leaving RadioShack
last year. Lampre will be the 12th team for whom the Japanese-born rider
Horner, who turned professional in 1995, is
expected to compete in two big races this season - the Giro d'Italia and
the Vuelta where he will defend his title.
Lampre have been
rebuilding their team for next season and also signed Rui Costa, a few
weeks before the Portuguese rider became world champion.
Italian outfit also have in their ranks Italian Diego Ulissi - winner of
a stage in the Tour Down Under - his compatriot Damiano Cunego and
Polish climbing specialist Przemyslaw Niemiec, sixth in last year's
Horner will line up for his new team in the Mallorca Challenge from February 9-12 in Spain.