Shorts: Liquigas, T-Mobile, Bouyer

Backstedt and Wegelius heading for Vuelta, T-Mobile sign two more big names, Jan to give Worlds a mi

Backstedt and Wegelius heading for Vuelta, T-Mobile sign two more big names, Jan to give Worlds a mi


Liquigas-Bianchi have named Britain's Charly Wegelius and British-based Swede Magnus Backstedt in their line-up for the Vuelta, which starts in Granada on Saturday. The other seven riders in the team are Patrick Calcagni, Mauro Gerosa, Marcus Ljungqvist, Oscar Mason, Devis Miorin, Matej Mugerli and Marco Zanotti. The team's ProTour leader, Danilo Di Luca, will be riding the GP de Plouay ProTour event in Brittany this weekend.

- Following the confirmed departures of Erik Zabel and Alexandre Vinokourov and the imminent retirements of Rolf Aldag and Tobias Steinhauser, T-Mobile have continued to beef up their 2006 attack with the signings of former world time trial champion Serhiy Honchar and Italian superdomestique Eddy Mazzoleni. The German team have already signed stage race specialists Patrik Sinkewitz and Michael Rogers from T-Mobile.

Meanwhile, Jan Ullrich has confirmed that he won't be taking part in next month's world championships in Madrid, stating that the road route doesn't suit him and that he is unlikely to be in good enough shape to do himself justice anyway. However, Ullrich is set to start the Championship of Zurich ProTour event the weekend after the Worlds.

- Bouygues Telecom's Franck Bouyer has finally been given the go-ahead by the World Anti-Doping Agency to resume racing after showing that he does need to use the anti-narcolepsy drug Modafinil, which is on the agency's list of banned products. Bouyer has been out of racing for more than a year after failing to convince the WADA that he need to use the product to prevent himself from falling asleep while riding. During a recent presentation to the WADA by his legal team, it was shown that Bouyer did not gain any performance boost from using Modafinil, and also that the levels he does use can be verified by regular blood checks.

Bouyer was drafted into the Bouygues team for the Tour of Poitou Charentes, which started today. He has been offered a new contract by his team, who have also paid his salary during his period of enforced rest.

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