Shorts: Jufre, Kuyckx, Phonak

Jufre makes a surprising move from Spain to Belgium, Kuyckx cleared of doping offence by Belgian fed

Jufre makes a surprising move from Spain to Belgium, Kuyckx cleared of doping offence by Belgian fed

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Relax-Fuenlabrada rider Josep Jufre has managed to extricate himself from a ongoing contract with his current team to enable him to sign a two-year deal with Davitamon-Lotto. It is thought Davitamon's interest stems from 30-year-old Jufre's spell with the Bodysol-Relax set-up in 2004, Bodysol being one of Davitamon's brands.

- There was good news too for Davitamon in the apparent doping case of Jan Kuyckx, who tested positive for ephedrine and norpseudoephedrine at the ENECO Tour. The 26 year old has been acquitted of any wrongdoing by the Belgian federation having managed to show that the products were unwittingly taken in a cold remedy in June and were not used to improve racing performance. Kuyckx, who had been supported during his case by his team, will return to competition with Davitamon in the coming season.

- After last month's announcement by ARcycling AG (licensee and operator of the Phonak Cycling Team) that it has extended its title sponsorship contract with Phonak for another season, team owner Andy Rihs and team manager John Lelangue have announced the signing of an additional sponsorship deal with financial company iShares, part of the Barclays Global Investors group. "With iShares we are getting a partner who is renowned as a global player and one who is committed to the sponsorship of professional cycling. These are the best prerequisites for an ideal, long-term partnership," said Rihs.

"We have concluded a one-year presenting sponsor contract with iShares," said Lelangue. No details on monetary value of the sponsorship have been released, but there rumours are circulating that iShares will take over as the team's main backer at the end of next season, when Phonak are expected to withdraw.

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