Shorts: Gobbi improves and other news

Improving Gobbi set to be moved to new hospital, veteran Phonak rider finds place on his former team

Improving Gobbi set to be moved to new hospital, veteran Phonak rider finds place on his former team

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Michele Gobbi's condition continues to improve following his crash in the recent GP Beghelli. The Milram rider has been moved out of the intensive care unit at a Bologna hospital and is likely to be moved to a hospital in his hometown of Vicenza on Tuesday.

- Phonak's Koos Moerenhout is set to return to the Rabobank team with which he spent his early years as a pro from 1996-1999. Since then the 32-year-old Dutchman has ridden for Farm Frites, Domo-Farm Frites, Lotto-Domo, Davitamon-Lotto and Phonak.

- The loss of the Haribo Classic from the early-season French calendar has provoked a move in date for the Tour of Haut Var, which is run over the same weekend. The Haut Var will remain the opening event of the Coupe de France series, but will now take place on what was the Haribo Classic's Sunday date rather than taking place on the preceding mid-February Saturday.

- The merry-go-round of frame suppliers continues with Cannondale replacing Bianchi as the provider for the Italian Liquigas team in 2007 and 2008. "We are glad to welcome a prestigious brand which will offer the riders bicycles featuring the highest technology," said Liquigas Sport president Paolo Dal Lago. "I must also thank Bianchi for these two years of hard work and great achievements."

Liquigas team manager Roberto Amadio also pointed out "the profitable cooperation we have had with Bianchi over the last two years," and added: "Now, we are very confident about this new partnership confirming the growing internationalisation of the Liquigas Team."

"This was a very important decision for us," said Matt Mannelly, Cannondale president and CEO. "We've been approached by a number of teams and we had the best chemistry with Liquigas. It's a true partnership built on performance and winning at the highest level."

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