O'Grady signs with CSC

After failing foul of the Sony Ericsson fiasco and being courted by continental teams, Stuart O'Grad

After failing foul of the Sony Ericsson fiasco and being courted by continental teams, Stuart O'Grad

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After leaving Cofidis to sign with Giancarlo Ferretti's mooted but ultimately non-existent Sony Ericsson team, Australian sprint and Classics star Stuart O'Grady has secured a one-year contract with CSC. Strongly linked with the Belgian Unibet team, who do not have a ProTour place, O'Grady, 32, will now be guaranteed a place in all of the major races next season, as well as a formidable array of support for his Classics challenge.

The deal was greeted with immense pleasure by CSC boss Bjarne Riis, who will certainly appreciate the increased Classics presence O'Grady should bring to his team. "Stuart is a fantastic rider who is very all-round, and of course we consider him a big reinforcement," said Riis. "I think he'll be very useful in the Classics, but also during other parts of the season due to his sprinting skills. At the same time we're dealing with a rider who has a big personality and a lot of experience. I look forward to working with Stuart.

"The deal has not taken long to close, but I've sensed an interest in our team from Stuart before. Now the opportunity was there and I'm very pleased to be able to sign with a rider of his calibre," Riis added.

- Danish veteran Bo Hamburger, 36, has signed with the Bulgarian-regsitered Miche continental team for next season.

- Liquigas-Bianchi will be making a first visit to the Tour Down Under in January. Their team will be led by Magnus Backstedt and will also feature Stefano Zanini, Daniele Colli, Alberto Curtolo, Mauro Da Dalto, Manual Quinzato, Michael Albasini and Nicola Loda.

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