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David Ca¤ada's victory in the Tour of Catalonia confirmed his return to form after a worrying end to the penultimate stage of last September's Vuelta that saw him rushed to hospital with a heart rate of 236 and on the verge of passing out. The 30-year-old Spaniard underwent an operation to correct a heart defect, and was making his first appearance of this season in Catalonia after being kept on the sidelines by a wrist injury. The Saunier Duval rider has kept himself busy by studying to become a physiotherapist, and was due to sit an exam on Monday which he prepared for by revising prior to the stages in Catalonia.
- Selle Italia boss Gianni Savio has turned the page on his relationship with Jos Rujano after the Venezuelan inexplicably quit on the Giro stage into La Thuile just a couple of kilometres from the finish. "The Venezuelan Rujano is now in the past, the present is Wladimir Belli, who has having a sensational race, and the future is Jos Serpa," Savio told the press when asked what the story was with his team leader who is due to sign for Quick Step on June 1.
"I still don't understand what he did and I don't think there was something wrong with him as he said," Savio continued. "I think he is more focused on the Tour de France where, in principle, he will be riding with Quick Step. But things have changed and for that to happen a few things will have to be sorted out between all parties concerned."
Savio added that he would be demanding the return of some of Rujano's salary following his bizarre exit from the Giro, but had already turned his attention to his team's hopes for a stage win at the Giro before the finish in Milan next Sunday.
- Discovery Channel's Leif Hoste, who finished second at the Tour of Flanders, is set to join Davitamon-Lotto on a two-year contract according to Belgian daily Het Nieuwsblad. Hoste's move is expected to be officially confirmed during this week's Tour of Belgium. The Belgian paper said that Rabobank, Cofidis, Caisse d'Epargne and Quick Step were interested in the Belgian rider, who is reported to have opted for Davitamon for - no surprise here - financial reasons. He also worked with Davitamon team manager Marc Sergeant at Lotto-Domo in 2003 and 2004.
- Rumours circulating at the Giro suggest that injury-hit T-Mobile stage race leader Andreas Klden, who finished second in the 2004 Tour de France, won't renew his contract with his current squad when it runs out at the end of the year. He is reportedly keen on taking up team leadership duties with T-Mobile's German rivals, Gerolsteiner.
- Continental team Barloworld are hoping that a good start to this season will help to boost them into the ProTour next season or, according to team manager Claudio Corti, "at the very least in 2008". With Phonak's ProTour licence set to end and perhaps not be renewed at the end of the year, Corti aims to speak to the UCI about Barloworld's chances of stepping up a level.
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