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According to Discovery Channel team manager Johan Bruyneel, Paolo Savoldelli's main objective next season will be to successfully defend his Giro d'Italia title, but he added that the Italian is programmed to ride the Tour de France as well. "Paolo is very motivated by the prospect of winning his third Giro and the whole team will be at his disposal," Bruyneel told L'Equipe.
Bruyneel added that he thought Savoldelli could also make an impact at the Tour. "Paolo has the physical qualities needed to challenge for the leading places. He is good against the clock and a good climber on mountains that, in theory at least, aren't as hard as those at the Giro."
- The Lance Armstrong Foundation has won the right to have web sites trading on the success of the Livestrong wristbands closed down. The World Organisation of Intellectual Property has ruled that a Californian company that has set up three domain names similar to the Livestrong brand is acting in "bad faith" and "opportunistically" by selling its own version of the much-sought-after yellow wristbands. More than 50 million of the Livestrong wristbands have been sold, raising considerable funds for the Armstrong Foundation's goal of finding a cure for cancer.
-Michael Rogers married his girlfriend Alessia last Saturday in the Italian town of Gorla Minore. After their honeymoon, the three-time world time trial champion is due to attend his new T-Mobile team's first pre-season get-together in Austria later this month.
- 2004 world champion Judith Arndt has surprisingly announced that she is set to leave Nrnberger Versicherung, the leading team in women's cycling. The 29 year old has told the German press agency DPA that she wants new challenges having spent three years with the German team, and she is being linked with teams in both Holland and the USA. "It's not totally certain yet where I will be going, but maintaining motivation is crucial for me to be able to achieve things," said Arndt.
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