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Di Luca edges closer to ProTour title, Saunier admit they're negotiating with Millar, Wesemann swaps

Di Luca edges closer to ProTour title, Saunier admit they're negotiating with Millar, Wesemann swaps

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Danilo Di Luca's strong showing at last week's Tour of Poland, where he finished fifth overall, has helped to boost his lead in the ProTour series. The Liquigas-Bianchi rider now leads second-placed Jan Ullrich by 69 points, with just a handful of ProTour races left this season. Ullrich, of course, has already pulled the curtain down on his season, while third-placed Lance Armstrong has retired.

CSC have edged closer to the team title thanks to Carlos Sastre's third place at the Vuelta. They now lead Rabobank by 24 points, while Euskaltel have moved off the bottom of the team standings, with Francaise des Jeux now propping up the rest.

1 Danilo Di Luca (Ita) Liquigas-Bianchi 209
2 Jan Ullrich (Ger) T-Mobile 140
3 Lance Armstrong (USA) Discovery Channel 139
4 Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz) T-Mobile 136
5 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Gerolsteiner 131
6 Bobby Julich (USA) CSC 130
7 George Hincapie (USA) Discovery Channel 129
8 Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Fassa Bortolo 128
9 Davide Rebellin (Ita) Gerolsteiner 126
10 Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step 121
11 Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank 109
12 Francisco Mancebo (Spa) Illes Balears 107
13 Michael Boogerd (Hol) Rabobank 100
14 Cadel Evans (Aus) Davitamon-Lotto 99
15 Roberto Heras (Spa) Liberty Seguros 96
16 Santiago Botero (Col) Phonak 95
17 Oscar Freire (Spa) Rabobank 94
18 Paolo Savoldelli (Ita) Discovery Channel 92
19 Ivan Basso (Ita) CSC 86
20 Kim Kirchen (Lux) Fassa Bortolo 81

Teams:

1 CSC 338
2 Rabobank 314
3 Davitamon 303
4 Phonak 301
5 Saunier Duval 287
6 Liberty Seguros 279
7 Discovery Channel 255
8 Gerolsteiner 251
9 T-Mobile 237
10 Crdit Agricole 234
11 Fassa Bortolo 232
12 Illes Balears 226
13 Cofidis 224
14 Quick Step 210
15 Liquigas 192
16 Lampre 191
17 Bouygues Telecom 169
18 Euskaltel 147
19 Domina Vacanze 132
20 Franaise des Jeux 119

- Saunier Duval have said that they are in advanced negotiations with Britain's David Millar and are expecting to sign the Scot to a contract once he completes a two-year ban for EPO use in June 2006. The Spanish team have also said that David Ca¤ada has been successfully operated on for a heart problem that forced him to quit the Vuelta last week.

- Steffen Wesemann has received Swiss nationality and been named in his new country's team for the World road race in Madrid on Sunday. The T-Mobile star has lived in Switzerland for a decade, and his wife and children are all Swiss nationals.

- French veteran Eddy Seigneur is quitting the sport at the age of 36 and is hoping to start a new career as a journalist. Winner of the final stage of the Tour de France in 1994, the 36 year old turned pro with Z in 1992 and won the French national road title once and the time trial title four times.

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