Shorts: Voigt, Lotz, Hondo, Raisin

Jens Voigt pencilled in for Giro ride to support Basso, Lotz riding Saturday's Amstel event, Hondo s

Jens Voigt pencilled in for Giro ride to support Basso, Lotz riding Saturday's Amstel event, Hondo s

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Jens Voigt is likely to ride the Giro d'Italia in the service of Ivan Basso, as is likely to be the case at the Tour de France. The German wasn't originally on Team CSC's roster for the Italian race, but is currently under consideration for a start there. "He started the season later than expected because of his shoulder injury and it looks like he could be a good reinforcement for the team. He would clearly also be a major asset in the team time trial," says CSC sports director Kim Andersen.

- Marc Lotz, currently sitting out a two-year ban for EPO use, is back for the Amstel Gold Race - but only in the tourist version raced on Saturday, though. The 33-year-old Dutchman is currently studying to become a mathematics teacher, but still rides his bike and is still considering a comeback when his ban ends about a year from now.

- Recently permitted to race again by a Swiss court despite the opposition of the World Anti-Doping Agency, which wanted his doping ban extended to two years, Danilo Hondo has signed the European Continental team Lamonta. The 32-year-old German is hoping that the deal will enable him to show his form once more and secure a deal with a ProTour team, although the ProTour code of conduct seems to prevent any team signing a rider who's failed a test for two years after their ban ends. However, Hondo seems confident he can secure a top level deal, saying: "Discussions are taking place at the moment and are going to continue, but it was important for me to be racing as soon as possible."

- Saul Raisin's condition continues to improve to the extent that his family are hoping that he will be fit enough to fly from France to his US home state of Georgia in the coming weeks to continue his recuperation from his Circuit of the Sarthe crash. In a message on Raisin's site, his family have said: "Saul was taken off the ventilator he was put on while he was in a coma, and is answering questions by nodding his head. His doctors hope to move him out of intensive care in the next few days, and fly him back to a hospital in Atlanta, Georgia in the coming weeks."

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