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CSC have confirmed that 33-year-old Jakob Piil is switching to T-Mobile next season. "I fully understand that Jakob needs new challenges and we wish him the very best," said CSC team boss Bjarne Riis. "Jakob has been an important rider to our team for the last seven years, and of course we thank him for that. I think that Jakob has a lot to offer T-Mobile with his vast experience and the potential he continues to have as a rider."
Piil said leaving CSC has "probably been the hardest decision I've made in my career so far, because I've really enjoyed my time with Team CSC. I've been with this team since the beginning and watched it grow. But if I'm to try something new in my career it has to be now."
- Staying with T-Mobile - or not to be more precise - Jan Ullrich has reached an agreement with the German team over the termination of his contract after he was implicated in the Operacion Puerto affair prior to the Tour de France. Ullrich, who maintains his innocence of any doping offence, said in a statement on his website: "Jan Ullrich and the T-Mobile team have ended negotiations and agreed on the early termination of his contract. The agreement has been drawn up and will be signed. It has been agreed that the contents will remain confidential."
- There is good news on the status of Davitamon-Lotto's Christophe Brandt, who had to have a kidney removed after a serious crash at the GP Sels in Belgium on Tuesday. According to his wife, Alisson, "the doctors are reassured by his condition, but it is to remain in a [drug-induced] coma so that he doesn't suffer too much. As far as his career is concerned, the doctors are equally optimistic."
Marc Sergeant, manager of the Davitamon-Lotto team, is also hopeful about Brandt's future, both in the short and the long term. "There were no neurological complications during the night. He even came out of the coma and Alisson was able to hold his hand, but the doctors put him back under again until Friday. Specialists have told me that Christophe should be able to compete at the top level despite the loss of a kidney. Remember Greg LeMond? He also lost a kidney in an accident and even won the Tour de France afterwards. Of course Christophe's recovery will take time, but we will support him."
- Francesco Moser, president of the International Association of Pro Riders (ACP) has told Italian TV that one solution to the doping issue would be to legalise the use of all products. "If all riders can be brought to the same level then we should stick with dope controls. If not, then for the professionals perhaps the solution is [total legalisation]," he told RAI. Asked about the dangers this move could lead to, Moser responded: "In our world, there are a lot of dangers." Check out the September issue of procycling for further debate on the legalisation of doping products and nine other solutions proposed to deal with doping.