Shorts: Ekimov, Hincapie, more Vuelta teams

Viatcheslav Ekimov calls time on his pro career, Hincapie in the driving seat at the Eneco Tour with

Viatcheslav Ekimov calls time on his pro career, Hincapie in the driving seat at the Eneco Tour with
PIC BY TDWSPORT.COM After seventeen years as a professional rider, Discovery Channel's Viatcheslav Ekimov will call it a day after Sunday's GP Ouest France-Plouay. The Russian will remain with the team as a directeur sportif, and will be put into action straight away at the USA Cycling professional championships in Greensville, South Carolina, between September 1-3. In 1990, Ekimov started his career with Panasonic, and remained with the team in its guises as Novemail, Wordperfect, Novell and Rabobank until 1996, joining US Postal in 1997. Following a year at Amica Chips in 1999, 'Eki' returned to US Postal in 2000, where he has remained as it morphed into Discovery Channel. Ekimov rode 15 Tours de France in his 17-year career, finishing them all, including this summer's race as a 40 year old, taking three stage victories along the way, in 1991, 2003 and 2004. - George Hincapie (Discovery Channel) remains on course to win the Eneco Tour on Wednesday. The American kept the leader's red jersey after Tuesday's 212km penultimate stage between Bornem and Sint Truiden, which was won from a bunch sprint by David Kopp of Gerolsteiner, ahead of Unibet's Marco Zanotti. - Milram, Quick Step-Innergetic, CSC and Saunier Duval are the latest teams to announce their nine-man rosters for this Saturday's Tour of Spain, which starts in Malaga. MILRAM: Alessandro Petacchi (Ita), Erik Zabel (Ger), Daniel Becke (Ger), Volodymyr Dyudya (Ukr), Alberto Ongarato (Ita), Enrico Poitschke (Ger), Fabio Sacchi (Ita), Sebastian Siedler (Ger) and Marco Velo (Ita) QUICK STEP-INNERGETIC: Paolo Bettini (Ita), Kevin De Weert (Bel), Addy Engels (Hol), Jose Antonio Garrido (Spa), Kevin Hulsmans (Bel), Sebastien Rosseler (Bel), Matteo Tosatto (Ita), Kevin Van Impe (Bel), Davide Vigano (Ita) CSC: Kurt-Asle Arvesen (Nor), Lars Bak (Den), Fabian Cancellara (Swi), Inigo Cuesta (Spa), Volodymyr Gustov (Ukr), Marcus Ljungqvist (Swe), Stuart O'Grady (Aus), Carlos Sastre (Esp), Nicki Sorensen (Den) SAUNIER DUVAL: David Canada (Spa), Juan Jose Cobo (Spa), David De La Fuente (Spa), Koldo Gil (Spa), Angel Gomez (Spa), Jose Angel Gomez Marchante (Spa), David Millar (Gbr), Leonardo Piepoli (Ita), Francisco Ventoso (Spa)
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