Two more for Discovery
Wednesday, October 11, 2006 11.00pm
Discovery Channel's long list of acquisitions for the 2007 season has continued with the re-signing
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The Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team have announced the addition of two riders, former Discovery and US Postal rider Tony Cruz, who was with the team for five years from 2001-2005, and CSC's time trial specialist Brian Vandborg.
Sports director Johan Bruyneel was happy about his recent additions to the squad, commenting: "Brian and Tony both come to our team with a high level of professionalism and a proven history. I know that we will be able to count on these guys throughout the entire season in a variety or races."
Bruyneel added: "With Tony, I'm happy to have him back with us as I know he left for personal reasons. It was an easy decision for me to make in re-signing him. Brian, on the other hand, is someone new to our team but not an unknown to me. I have watched him for a few years now and his impressive World Championships time trial only confirmed to me that he was a rider I wanted on our team."
Vandborg, 25, joins Discovery Channel after a successful 2006 campaign in which he was crowned as the Danish time trial champion and finished fourth in the time trial at the World Championships. The Dane is optimistic that he will continue to win under Bruyneel's watch. "Johan has a great reputation for developing riders and I am excited to work with him and be a part of this team. There are so many great riders on Discovery and I know I will have opportunities to learn from guys and be successful," said Vandborg.
Cruz has experienced success both internationally and domestically, most recently winning the Tour de Nez and finishing third at the US Pro Criterium Championship. Under Bruyneel's leadership, Cruz was part of the winning teams at the 2005 Tour de Georgia and Giro d'Italia, and won a stage win at the Tour de L'Ain (2004).
After spending the 2006 season racing domestically in the States, Cruz commented about his return to the ProTour ranks: "After only one year away I realised just how much I missed European racing, in countries like Belgium and in races like Paris-Roubaix. I'm happy there was an opportunity for Johan to bring me back to the Discovery Team."
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