The Lampre group is an Italian-based company that specialises in pre-coated steel production. In addition to the main company the group also contains Lamital and Lamfer, as well as a Portuguese subsidiary called Lampre Portugal.
Lampre as a sponsor of cycling
Lampre is the leading sponsor of the professional Italian cycling team with the same name. Lampre appeared on the cycling jersey of a professional team for the first time in 1991. In 1993, the team won the Milan–San Remo with Maurizio Fondriest, and the overall UCI Road World Cup. In 1999, in partnership with Daikin, Oscar Camenzind wore the World Champion jersey. In 2001, Gilberto Simoni won the Giro d'Italia for Lampre-Daikin. After two seasons in which Lampre was main sponsor of the team driven by Giuseppe Saronni, the Galbusera family decided to amalgamate with other sponsors in order to follow the UCI ProTour project: from the union between the Lampre group and the Saeco group was born team Lampre-Caffita, with champions such as Damiano Cunego and Gilberto Simoni. In 2006 a new partnership started: Fondital became the new main partner of Lampre. Fondital heads a European Group that designs and produces aluminium radiators.
Lampre first entered cycling in 1991, co-sponsoring the Colnago-Lampre team. They took over the lead name in 1992, until the end of 1995. In 1996, they stopped sponsoring the team, although it continued to race under the name Ceramica Panaria-Vinavil.
Lampre re-entered cycling in 1999, sponsoring the Italian-based Lampre-Daikin team. Daikin remained a co-sponsor until the end of 2002. At the end of 2004, Lampre merged with Saeco Macchine per Caffè to form a new cycling team ready for the UCI ProTour
Lampre in the UCI ProTour
Lampre merged with Saeco at the end of the 2004 season to create a new team ready for the UCI ProTour.