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Gerdemann signs with T-Mobile- 10/21/05
Tonkov Retires- 10/19/05
Di Luca Extends- 10/18/05
Tour of Lombardy- Bettini wins- 10/15/05
Tour of Piedmont- A Brazilian Victory- 10/14/05

Gerdemann signs with T-Mobile- 10/21/05

T-Mobile reinforced its team with the signing of Linus Germenann for three years.  The rider
from the Danish CSC squad, considered a great hope of German cycling, is engaged starting
in January 2006. 23 years of age, Gedermann notably won a stage in the Tour of Switzerland

“I am happy to have agreed to a long-term contract with Linus.  He appeared last year to be
one of the most promising German cyclists”, declared the manager of T-Mobile, Olaf Ludwig.

The mission of the German team will consist of “progressively developing” the rider from
Munster, who turned professional in 2004.  “Linus will fit perfectly into our concept.  We see
2006 to be a season where we will have a mixture of young riders with potential along with
experienced professionals”, added Ludwig.

T-Mobile, with its leader, the German Jan Ullrich, who is eyeing victory in the Tour de France,
has not hesitated in its recruiting efforts, with notable signings including Kim Kirchen from
Luxemburg, the Italian Eddy Mazzoleni, and two world time trial champions, Serhiy Honchar
(2000) from the Ukraine, and the Australian Michael Rogers (2003, 2004 et 2005).

As for departures, the team loses two of its major riders, the Germans Erik Zabel and Rold
Aldag, who were with the team since 1993.  Their compatriot Jan Schaffrath, who spent his
entire career with the team since 1997, also is leaving.

Tonkov Retires- 10/19/05

The Tour of Lombardy will have been the last race for the Russian  Pavel Tonkov, 36 years
of age, who announced his retirement on his web site.  Last May he won the Classic of
Alcobendas for the team LPR.  Before riding for smaller teams, this climber-roller with an
introverted personality had his best years with two teams, Lampre and Mapei, and his summit
was his victory in the Tour of Italy in 1996.

Seventh and named the best young rider in his first Giro participation in 1992, the year he
became a professional, Tonkov often placed high in the Giro, which he finished seven times
in the top five (1st in 1996, 2nd in 1997 and 1998, 4th in 1994, 5th in 1993, 2000 and 2002)
and he won a stage in 2004.  Less happy in the Tour de France (second on the Alpe d’Huez
stage in 1999), he attained the podium in the Tour of Spain (3rd in 2000) and notably won
the Tour of Switzerland in 1995 and the Tour of Romandie in 1997.

Tonkov has already given thought to his future: “I have a lot of ideas in mind.  For example to
have my own team.  I want to utilize all the experience that I acquired through the years.”

Di Luca Extends- 10/18/05

Danilo Di Luca, winner of the ProTour, on Monday signed a contract to remain with the team
Liquigas for two more years.

The Italian, who will be with the team until the end of 2007, confirmed at the signing ceremony
that the Giro (Tour of Italy) will be his main objective for next season.  The rider from
Abruzzes, winner this year of the Tour of the Pays Basque,  of the Amstel Gold Race and of
the Flèche Wallonne, came in fourth in this year’s Giro last May.

Tour of Lombardy- Bettini wins- 10/15/05

The grand stalker of the classics had never won the Tour of Lombardy.  From now on that is
a goal accomplished.  This Saturday, Paolo Bettini won the prestigious and traditional Italian
classic of the end of the season by outdistancing in a sprint his three escape companions, his
countryman Gilberto Simoni (Lampre), Frank Schleck (CSC) from Luxemburg, and another
Italian, Giampaolo Caruso (Liberty Seguros).  The Italian Davide Rebellin (Gerosteiner)
finished 5th after leaving the sprint to the leading peleton.

The little Italian of the Quick Step team thus erased the disappointment of the World
Championships in Madrid where he came close to a victory.  He has really succeeded in this
end of season period because he also had another big victory two weeks ago in the
Championships of Zurich.  At 31 years of age, he has accumulated an impressive list of
victories in one-day races, and he is coming close to the record of the great Johan Museeuw.  
Notably Bettini has won Liège-Bastogne-Liège (2000, 2003), the classic San Sebastien
(2003), the Championships of Zurich (2001, 2005), la Hew Classic of Hamburg (2003) et
Milan-San Remo (2003).   And let’s add to that the title of Olympic champion in Athens and
the championship of Italy (2003).  That’s all…

At the end of this season Patrick Lefevere, manager of Quick Step, has every right to be
satisfied.  His team literally has taken the classics by the hand with Bettini and the new star of
world cycling, Tom Boonen, author of the fabulous double in the Tour of Flanders and Paris-

Bettini could not be held
Always on the offensive, Bettini provoked the decisive escape on the first slopes of the
Ghisallo, with 52 km to the finish, with contributions from Simoni, then Schleck, Caruso and
the Spaniard Carlos Sastre (CSC).

The five some went over the climb of Civiglio, with 20 km to the finish carrying an advantage
of 1’15” over the chase group before Bettini and Simoni left their companions behind.  
Schleck managed to rejoin the lead duo, as did Caruso at the approach to the last difficulty of
the day, the San Fermo della Battaglia. Bettini attacked again at the approach to the summit
but did not manage to create a decisive gap.  After the return of Caruso with less than 2
kilometers to the line, the Olympic champion took off on a long sprint and took the victory by
more than a length.

It is notable that the Italian Danilo Di Luca (Liquigas), assured of the victory in the Pro Tour,
which concluded with this event in Lombary, abandoned with 60 kilometers to the finish line.

Tour of Piedmont- A Brazilian Victory- 10/14/05

The Brazilian Murillo Fischer of the team Naturino - Sapore Di Mare won the 92nd edition of
the Tour of Piedmont, raced over 176 km.  The winner of this year’s GP de Prato and fifth in
the last World Championships, Fischer beat out the Dutchman Steven De Jongh and the
Italian Paride Grillo in a sprint.
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