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Astarloa set for operation, Pozzato fined for Simeoni insults, Wesemann set to go Swiss?, ArmstrongPIC BY TDWSPORT.COM 2003 world champion Igor Astarloa will undergo surgery next Tuesday in Vitoria after fracturing his forearm in two places during last Sunday's Classic Haribo. There is no word yet from his Barloworld team on how long the Spaniard might be out of action, but Astarloa should be able to recommence training on a turbo trainer within a few days. - The Italian cycling federation's disciplinary commission has fined Quick Step's Filippo Pozzato 3,000 euros for insulting Filippo Simeoni during stage 18 of last year's Tour de France. T-Mobile's Giuseppe Guerini, who was also involved in the affair, received a warning about his conduct. The charges against Pozzato and Guerini came about as a result of incidents that occurred following the attack Simeoni launched during stage 18 which was chased down by Lance Armstrong. - According to reports in the Belgian media, T-Mobile's Steffen Wesemann is set to change to Swiss from German nationality, and reportedly hopes the change can be made in time to allow him to be selected by the Swiss team for the Worlds. 2004 Tour of Flanders winner Wesemann has lived in Switzerland for a number of years. - Tuesday's edition of L'Equipe has suggested some likely additions to Lance Armstrong's programme, which so far includes just Paris-Nice (March 6-13), the Tour of Flanders (April 3), the Tour de Georgia (April 19-24) and the Tour de France. Assuming the Texan stays in Europe after Paris-Nice, the French paper says that he is most likely to start in Catalan Week (March 21-25), which takes place close to his Girona home. L'Equipe suggests that Armstrong's pre-Tour preparation will take him to either the Dauphin Libr (June 5-12) or the Tour of Switzerland (June 11-19), both of which he has ridden in the past, although the Dauphin has been his preferred option for the last three seasons. That option would also leave him free to take part in the ProTour's team time trial event in Eindhoven on June 19, which offers a chance to all of the major teams to fine-tune their preparation in this discipline before a similar test during the first week of the Tour.