Shorts: McGee, CSC, Ardila

cGee set to wait until new year for Commonwealth Games decision, CSC announce new sponsor - and the

cGee set to wait until new year for Commonwealth Games decision, CSC announce new sponsor - and the


Francaise des Jeux's Australian star Brad McGee is still not sure whether he will be released by his team to compete at the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne next March. McGee had expected to be told his team's decision before Christmas, but, according to his team, is now likely to have to wait until the new year. "He understands his obligations to his team, he accepts that, it's a matter at the moment of negotiations between Brad and his team boss Marc Madiot," McGee's manager Kerry Ruffels told The Advertiser in South Australia.

- CSC have signed a new collaboration deal with MAN, one of Europe's leading suppliers of commercial vehicles. "The MAN Group, a leading engineering company and truck and bus manufacturer in Europe, is a big international sponsor with a very professional attitude to their business. We have a solid and extremely versatile team and our possibility to strengthen our place as number one in the world is very looking good," says CSC team boss Bjarne Riis.

Riis is also reported to have pre-selected his team for the Giro, which is still five months away. According to Tuttobiciweb, Riis has picked Michael Blaudzun, Nicki Sorensen, I¤igo Cuesta, Vlodymir Gustov, Bobby Julich, Christian Vande Velde, Giovanni Lombardi and Andrea Peron to back team leader Ivan Basso's quest for a first Giro victory.

- New Rabobank signing Mauricio Ardila has told the Colombian press that he is being lined up to lead the Dutch team at the Giro having recently signed from Davitamon-Lotto.

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