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Summary of Team/Rider Changes for 2006 Season- 09/29/05
Doping- Gonzalez positive at the Vuelta- 09/28/05
World Cycling Championships- Boonen world champion- 09/25/05

Summary of Team/Rider Changes for 2006 Season- 09/29/05
Note- Departures indicate the rider leaving and his new team or if the rider has retired from
the sport.
Arrivals indicate the rider joining the team and the team he came from

Departures : Charteau(Crédit Agricole), Pichon (retired), Naulleau.
Arrivals : Clement (Rabobank), Flickinger (AG2R), Florencio (Relax), Le Boulanger (RAGT),
Labbé (Auber 93), Jérôme, Belgy, Pichot.

Departures : Fofonov, Édaleine (Crédit Agricole), Engoulvent (Crédit Agricole), O'Grady
(Sony-Ericsson), White (Sony-Ericsson), Atienza, Koerts, Tombak, Farazijn, Trentin.
Arrivals : Elijzen (Rabobank), Heijboer (Rabobank), Farrar (Health Net), Lequatre (Crédit
Agricole), Minard (RAGT), Monfort (Landbouwkrediet), Parra (Colombia-Selle Italia), Valentin
(Auber), Verbrugghe (Quick Step), Wiggins (Crédit Agricole), Duque (Jartazi).

Departures : Joly (Française des Jeux), Kashechkin (Liberty Seguros), Wiggins, Lequatre
(Cofidis), Moreau (AG2R), Hervé (Bretagne-Jean Floc'h), Leblacher, Muravyev, D. Nazon.
Arrivals : Charteau (Bouygues Telecom), Fofonov, Édaleine (Cofidis), Engoulvent (Cofidis),
Bonnet (Auber), Renshaw (Française des Jeux), Hivert, Marino, Pauriol.

Departures : Hoffman (retired), Calvente (Agritubel), Goussev(Discovery Channel), Bruun
Eriksen (retired), Luttenberger, Michaelsen, Vandborg, Vandevelde.
Arrivals : Cancellara (Fassa Bortolo), Kroon (Rabobank), Ljungqvist (Liquigas), Pedersen
(Team GLS).

Departures :Merckx (Phonak), Moerenhout (Phonak), Baguet (Quick Step), Amorison
(Landbouwkrediet), Vierhouten.
Arrivals : Mertens (Chocolat Jacques), Horner (Saunier Duval), Kaisen (RAGT), Ingels
(Bodysol), Sanderson.

Departures : Armstrong (retired), Hesjedal (Phonak), McCarty (Phonak).
Arrivals : Goussev (CSC), E. Martinez (Euskaltel), Van Goolen (Quick Step), Lowe (Jittery

Departures : E. Martinez (Discovery Channel), A. Silloniz (retired), J. Silloniz, Lopez de
Munain, Artxete.
Arrivals : Pérez (Orbea), Aranaga (Kaiku), Hernandez (Team LPR).

Departures : Cooke (, Renshaw (Crédit Agricole).
Arrivals : Joly (Crédit Agricole), Ladagnous.

Departures : Ziegler (T-Mobile).
Arrivals : T. Fothen (Team Sparkasse), Kopp (Wiesenhof).

Departures : Arrieta (AG2R), Mancebo (AG2R), Navas (AG2R), A. Osa (Liberty Seguros), U.
Osa (Liberty Seguros), J. Rodriguez (Saunier Duval), Tauler, Colom, J. Gonzalez.
Arrivals : Brard (Agritubel), A. Pérez (Spiuk), F. Pérez (Milaneza), Fertonani (Domina
Vacanze), Pereiro (Phonak), Zaballa (Saunier Duval), J. Rodriguez (Saunier Duval), Portal
(AG2R), Berthou (RAGT), Perget.

Departures : Pieri (Team LPR), S. Marzoli (Team LPR), Mazzoleni (T-Mobile), Simoni (Sony-
Ericsson), Commesso (Sony-Ericsson), Tonti (Sony-Ericsson), Bortolami (,
Glomser retired?).
Arrivals : Bruseghin (Fassa Bortolo), Napolitano (Team LPR), Santambrogio (Team LPR),
Tiralongo (Panaria), Valjavec (Phonak).

Departures : Gil Pérez (Saunier Duval), I. Gonzalez de Galeano (retired), Ribeiro (L.A.
Aluminios), Andrle, Hruska, D. Etxebarria, Hernandez, Baranowski.
Arrivals : Vinokourov (T-Mobile), Yakovlev (T-Mobile), Kashechkin (Crédit
Agricole), A. Osa (Iles Baléares), U. Osa (Iles Baléares), Rojas, Sanchez, Redondo, Schär.

Departures : Ljungqvist (CSC), Pagliarini (Saunier Duval), Zanotti, Milesi, Glomser.
Arrivals : Paolini (Quick Step), Quinziato (Saunier Duval), Corioni (Fassa Bortolo), Capecchi,
Curtolo, Kreuziger, Da Malto.

MILRAM (ex-Domina Vacanze)
Departures : Fertonani (Iles Baléares), Honchar (T-Mobile), Ludewig (T-Mobile), Valoti (Sony-
Ericsson), Belli, Quaranta, Solari, R. Ivanov.
Arrivals : Petacchi (Fassa Bortolo), Ongarato (Fassa Bortolo), Sacchi (Fassa Bortolo), Velo
(Fassa Bortolo), Den Bakker (Rabobank), Zabel (T-Mobile), Schaffrath (T-Mobile), Musiol
(Wiesenhof), Siedler (Wiesenhof), Poitschke (Wiesenhof).

Departures : Pereiro (Iles Baléares), Aebersold (arrêt), Valjavec (Lampre), Guidi, Schnider,
S. Gonzalez, Nose.
Arrivals : Merckx (Davitamon), Moerenhout (Davitamon), Stalder (Ed'System), Hesjedal
(Discovery Channel), McCarty (Discovery Channel), Fernandez.

Departures : Sinkewitz (T-Mobile), Rogers (T-Mobile), De Fauw (Chocolat
Jacques),Mercado (Agritubel), Paolini (Liquigas), Van Goolen (Discovery Channel),
Verbrugghe (Cofidis), Pecharroman (Communauté de Valence), Moreni (Sony-Ericsson),
Bramati, Zanini (ITA).
Arrivals : De Jongh (Rabobank), Baguet (Davitamon-Lotto), Garate (Saunier Duval), Tosatto
(Fassa Bortolo), Van Impe (Chocolat Jacques), Van de Walle (Landbouwkrediet), Verheyen
(Landbouwkrediet), Rujano (Colombia Selle Italia), Vigano, Santaomita.

Departures : De Jongh (Quick Step), Kroon (CSC), Den Bakker (Milram), Mutsaars, Wielinga.
Arrivals : Flecha (Fassa Bortolo), DeMaaretReus (Rabobank), Brown (Panaria).

Departures : Garate (Quick Step), Horner (Davitamon), Quinziato (Liquigas),Zaballa (Iles
Baléares), J. Rodriguez (Iles Baléares), Edo (Andalucia), J.C. Dominguez, Jeker (
Arrivals : Benitez (Spiuk), Gil Pérez (Liberty Seguros), Mazur (Skil-Moser), Dionne (Webcor),
Jufre (Relax), Pagliarini (Liquigas), J. Rodriguez (Iles Baléares), Rinero (RAGT), Mejias, A.
Fernandez, Millar (GBR, ex-Cofidis).

SONY ERICSSON (ex-Fassa Bortolo)
Departures : Bernucci (T-Mobile), Kirchen (T-Mobile), Petacchi (Milram), Ongarato (Milram),
Sacchi (Milram), Velo (Milram), Cancellara (CSC), Corioni (Liquigas), Flecha (Rabobank),
Sanchez (Communauté de Valence), Tosatto (Quick Step), Baldato, Chicchi, Codol.
Arrivals : Simoni (Lampre), Commesso (Lampre), Tonti (Lampre), C. Garcia Quesada
(Communauté de Valence), A. Garcia Quesada (Communauté de Valence), Moreni (Quick
Step), Valoti (Domina Vacanze), Matveyev (Panaria), O'Grady (Cofidis), White (Cofidis), Celli

Departures : Vinokourov (Liberty Seguros), Yakovlev (Liberty Seguros), Zabel (Milram),
Schaffrath (Milram), Aldag (retired), Steinhauser (retired), Hiekmann, Werner, Konecny.
Arrivals : Bernucci (Fassa Bortolo), Kirchen (Fassa Bortolo), Ludewig (Domina Vacanze),
Honchar (Domina Vacanze), Rogers (Quick Step), Sinkewitz (Quick Step), Ziegler
(Gerolsteiner), S. Davis (Tenax), Mazzoleni (Lampre), Greipel (Wiesenhof).

Departures : Flickinger (Bouygues Telecom), Portal (Iles Baléares), Oriol (retired).
Arrivals : Mancebo (Iles Baléares), Navas (Iles Baléares), Arrieta (Iles Baléares-Caisse
d'Épargne), Gadret (Jartazi), Moreau (Crédit Agricole), Naibo (Jean Floc'h).

Departures : Brard (Iles Baléares), Girout, Staelen.
Arrivals : Mercado (Quick Step), Calvente (CSC), Duenas (Relax), Dekkers (Rabobank),
Plouhinec (Jean Floc'h), Baranauskas, Gonzalo, Sinner.

Doping- Gonzalez positive at the Vuelta- 09/28/05

According to our colleagues at the AFP, the former winner of the Tour of Spain, the Spaniard
Aitor Bonzalez, tested positive during anti-doping controls during the last (Vuelta) Tour of

The Basque rider, who is 30 years of age, abandoned with three days to go in the Vuelta on
September 15, before arriving in Avila.  The banned product was not named, and the
Spanish Federation refused to confirm or deny the news, according to spokesman Eugenio
Bermudez.  Aitor Gonzalez, winner of the Vuelta in 2002 while wearing the colors of Kelme,
has been racing for the Euskaltel team since the beginning of the season.  This year the rider
who is nicknamed “Termin-Aitor”, had a great showing in the Tour of Switzerland in June.

Irrepressible during the last two days of the event, he won the last stage and took the general
classification at the expense of the Australian Michael Rogers.  “I’ve had my share of
problems these last few years” he said on the evening of his victory in the Tour of
Switzerland.  “People thought I didn’t work enough, but it was my immune system that didn‘t
hold up”.

Not retained for the Tour de France despite this surprising performance, Aitor Gonzalez thus
prepared himself for the Vuelta.  But he did not play a major role in the race, especially in the
time trials where he is one of the big specialists.

World Cycling Championships- Boonen world champion- 09/25/05

The Belgian Tom Boonen (Quick Step) became world road race champion on Sunday in
Madrid by beating the Spaniard Alejandro Valverde (Iles Baléares) and the Frenchman
Anthony Geslin (Bouygues Télécom) in a sprint.  At 24 years of age, Boonen has certainly
become the new star of world-wide cycling.  The author of a fabulous double this year in the
Tour of Flanders and then Paris-Roubaix, the Belgian sprinter closes an exceptional year in
which he also had two stage wins in the Tour de France.

The rider from Quick Step showed himself to be the strongest in the field by sprinting past the
lead peleton after the failure of an escape led by Alexandre Vinokourov (T-Mobile).  The big
losers of the day were Alessandro Petacchi, 35th place, and Robbie McEwen, 30th.  These
two sprinters, far and away the favorites, were not in position to take part in the final sprint.  
For the French, the big surprise was certainly Anthony Geslin, who succeeded in threading
his way into the final sprint to grab hold of a bronze medal which was not expected for the
French team.  The last podium for the Tricolors (the French) in the world championship of
road racing was by Jean-Cyril Robin, who took 3rd place in 1999 in the world championships
in Verona, Italy.
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