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Liberty Seguros have completed the signing of a trio of Kazakh riders by tying up a two-year deal with Andrei Kashechkin. The Crdit Agricole rider will join compatriots Alexandre Vinokourov and Sergei Yakovlev in Liberty's colours next season.
"Kashechkin is a rider who has shown a strong progression this season, crowned with second place in the best young rider competition at the Tour de France," said Liberty team manager Manolo Saiz. "He is a young rider, but he has been a pro for five years already and so is mature and should be a great asset for the team."
- In a fluke accident after Friday night's criterium in Herning, Denmark, CSC's David Zabriskie sustained a deep wound on his right wrist after putting his hand through a glass door that swung towards him. He was taken to the local hospital, where examinations revealed a damaged nerve in his hand. After surgery at Holstebro Hospital on Saturday morning, Zabriskie will have his hand in a cast for a month, but should be able to start training again in two weeks.
There was better news for CSC on Saturday when Jens Voigt and Bobby Julich repeated their victory in the two-up Luk Challenge time trial, which the duo also won last year. Voigt and Julich were more than a minute and a half faster than Markus Fothen and Sebastian Lang of Gerolsteiner on the 74.2-kilometre course.
"Jens and Bobby were well prepared and extremely motivated to repeat last year's victory. Both riders are in great shape ahead of the upcoming races, where Jens is going to the Tour of Denmark, while Bobby will be at the Benelux Tour," said CSC sports director Kim Andersen.
- Erik Zabel confirmed on Sunday after riding the HEW Cyclassics Cup race that he will not be racing in T-Mobile colours next season, although he did not reveal which team he will be riding for.
Zabel, who has ridden for Telekom/T-Mobile for 13 seasons, said of his team's recent offer to him that, "I thought I would have deserved better. This move is very difficult for me. I negotiated with [T-Mobile team manager] Olaf Ludwig but we couldn't reach an agreement. I have not yet signed a contract with my new team so I can't reveal their name."
According to the Italian press, the 35-year-old German is about to sign a three-year contract with Domina Vacanze, where he is expected to be part of Alessandro Petacchi's lead-out team.
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