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 Alberto Contador decided to ride for Team Astana in 2010, but Quick Step hasn't given up hope of signing the Tour de France champion in the future. Team manager Patrick Lefevere said he will continue to go after Contador in the coming year. Lefevere told the Gazet van Antwerpen that he expected Contador and his helpers to change teams again after the 2010 season, “so I am still negotiating his possible arrival.” He was disappointed not to have signed the Spaniard. “I knew who the ...

Quick Step still has its eye on Contador

Alberto Contador decided to ride for Team Astana in 2010, but Quick Step hasn’t given up hope of signing the Tour de France champion in the future. Team manager Patrick Lefevere said he will continue to go after Contador in the coming year. Lefevere told the Gazet van Antwerpen that he expected Contador and his […]

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 Alberto Contador “certainly played a role” in Quick Step's decision to end its co-operation with Specialized bikes, said Quick Step manager Patrick Lefevere. The Belgian team announced on Friday that it would ride Eddy Merckx bikes for the coming three years. As recently as ten days ago, Specialized had hoped to help attract Contador to Quick Step for the 2010 season, and has announced a personal deal with the Tour de France winner. However, Contador then announced that he would in all ...

Contador’s Specialized deal a factor in Quick Step switch

Alberto Contador “certainly played a role” in Quick Step’s decision to end its co-operation with Specialized bikes, said Quick Step manager Patrick Lefevere. The Belgian team announced on Friday that it would ride Eddy Merckx bikes for the coming three years. As recently as ten days ago, Specialized had hoped to help attract Contador to […]

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 Heinrich Haussler still hopes to one day ride in the Australian national kit, despite the complications of a switch from his current German racing licence. The International Cycling Union (UCI) says that in order to compete for his nation of birth, he will have to drop his German citizenship, a step which Haussler is not prepared to take at this time. Haussler, 25, was born in Australia to a German father and an Australian mother, giving him dual citizenship. He moved to Germany at the age of 14 ...

Haussler still hopes to ride for Australia one day

Heinrich Haussler still hopes to one day ride in the Australian national kit, despite the complications of a switch from his current German racing licence. The International Cycling Union (UCI) says that in order to compete for his nation of birth, he will have to drop his German citizenship, a step which Haussler is not […]

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 Alberto Contador is pleased with the management changes made at team Astana this off-season and is ready to stay. He welcomed team manger Yvon Sanquer and directeur sportif Giuseppe Martinelli, and waits for the team to receive confirmation of its ProTour licence. "Sanquer seems like a competent person, educated and clever. I trust him," Contador told La Gazzetta dello Sport. The Frenchman took over for Johan Bruyneel, who leaves with Lance Armstrong to form new team RadioShack. With Bruyneel ...

Contador happy with new Astana staff, awaiting licence

Alberto Contador is pleased with the management changes made at team Astana this off-season and is ready to stay. He welcomed team manger Yvon Sanquer and directeur sportif Giuseppe Martinelli, and waits for the team to receive confirmation of its ProTour licence. “Sanquer seems like a competent person, educated and clever. I trust him,” Contador […]

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 Sean Yates will join Team Sky in 2010 as sports director. The Englishman will work with Scott Sunderland, Steven De Jongh and Marcus Ljungqvist, the other sports directors for Team Sky. Yates has been a sports director at Team Discovery Channel and Team CSC before working in that function at Astana since 2008. The 49-year-old was "extremely excited" to join the British outfit for many reasons. "Obviously for me, to be part of a British team at the highest level is something truly ...

Yates joins team Sky as directeur sportif

Sean Yates will join Team Sky in 2010 as sports director. The Englishman will work with Scott Sunderland, Steven De Jongh and Marcus Ljungqvist, the other sports directors for Team Sky. Yates has been a sports director at Team Discovery Channel and Team CSC before working in that function at Astana since 2008. The 49-year-old […]

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 Bram de Groot has ended his career, after not receiving a new contract for the coming season. The 34-year-old had ridden for Rabobank for his whole career. The Dutch rider confirmed his retirement on Thursday to the Dutch radio station Radio West. After being informed by Rabobank that his contract would not be renewed, he was unable to find a place on another team. De Groot is “a role model as a professional cyclist, one of the few Dutch riders who has helped teammates win a Grand Tour (Vuelta ...

De Groot retires after 11 year career

Bram de Groot has ended his career, after not receiving a new contract for the coming season. The 34-year-old had ridden for Rabobank for his whole career. The Dutch rider confirmed his retirement on Thursday to the Dutch radio station Radio West. After being informed by Rabobank that his contract would not be renewed, he […]

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 French mountain biker Jean-Christophe Peraud will be concentrating on road cycling the next two years, racing as a neo-pro with Belgian team Omega Pharma-Lotto. Until now, the 32-year-old has been competing mainly on the mountain bike circuit, where he has achieved prestigious victories such as the 2005 European Championship and a silver medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Last year, he nevertheless started to excel on the road as well, becoming French amateur champion. In 2009, he went on to win ...

Peraud eyes Tour de France

French mountain biker Jean-Christophe Peraud will be concentrating on road cycling the next two years, racing as a neo-pro with Belgian team Omega Pharma-Lotto. Until now, the 32-year-old has been competing mainly on the mountain bike circuit, where he has achieved prestigious victories such as the 2005 European Championship and a silver medal at the […]

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 Alberto Contador and Team Astana seem to be moving closer to a deal for the 2010 season. The two-time Tour de France winner has reportedly signed a contract to ride Specialized bikes in the coming season, and it appears that the Kazak team will follow suit. In addition, there are indications that Contador may stay with the team for more than one additional year, with Ivan Basso rumoured to be on his way to the team too. La Gazzetta dello Sport reports that Contador signed a contract for 700,000 ...

Contador signs individual contract with Specialized

Alberto Contador and Team Astana seem to be moving closer to a deal for the 2010 season. The two-time Tour de France winner has reportedly signed a contract to ride Specialized bikes in the coming season, and it appears that the Kazak team will follow suit. In addition, there are indications that Contador may stay […]

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 With Alberto Contador expected to make a decision on where he will ride in 2010 within the next fortnight, Quick Step manager Patrick Lefevere has denied reports that his Belgian team have made a contract offer to the rider worth up to 20 million euro. Italian newspaper La Gazzetta Dello Sport had reported that Quick Step had presented Contador's representatives with a four-year contract worth 5 million euro per year. Lefevere today acknowledged that the team has made an offer to the two-time Tour ...

Lefevere denies €5 million offer to Contador

With Alberto Contador expected to make a decision on where he will ride in 2010 within the next fortnight, Quick Step manager Patrick Lefevere has denied reports that his Belgian team have made a contract offer to the rider worth up to 20 million euro. Italian newspaper La Gazzetta Dello Sport had reported that Quick […]

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Vogondy gets late call-up from Bbox

Two-time French champion Nicolas Vogondy has been offered a place on the Bbox Bouygues Telecom next season. The 32-year-old Frenchman has been on the look-out for a new team for some time after Agritubel, where he has spent the last three seasons, announced their withdrawal from the sport. Initially, Vogondy had been hoping to find […]

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