Shorts: SF GP, Voigt, Millar

California loses San Francisco Grand Prix, Saunier say Millar has signed, new arrival for Garzellis,

California loses San Francisco Grand Prix, Saunier say Millar has signed, new arrival for Garzellis,


The organisers of the San Francisco Grand Prix have announced that next year's race will not take place as a result of the ongoing dispute about unpaid police costs from the 2004 race rumbles on. "Sadly, it's a no-win situation, and we simply cannot go forward," said David Chauner, director of San Francisco Cycling LLC, which founded the 108-mile event. The announcement comes as the city's council continues to debate whether to cover some of the race's costs based on the uplift the event gives to the tourist economy. The organisers also said that the $89,924 outstanding bill from the 2004 event was only mailed to them last month.

- The Saunier Duval team have announced that David Millar has signed a contract to join them for the 2006 and 2007 seasons. Team manager Joxean Fernandez Matxin has been in England finalising the details with Millar, who won't be able to compete for Saunier until his doping ban ends on June 23 next year. The team have also revealed that former Lampre team doctor Jos Ibarguren has joined them from Euskaltel.

- Jens Voigt's CSC team have confirmed that the German rider will need an operation to repair damage to ligaments in his right shoulder caused when he crashed in a cyclo-cross event at the weekend. "I can't avoid the surgery, but the doctors told me it's not that complicated, so in less than a week I can start using my home trainer. I can't remember the last time I was injured, so obviously it's frustrating to have to change my schedule a bit, but on the other hand I'm just happy it's nothing serious, and that it won't affect my preparations for next season," said Voigt, who is set to undergo surgery this afternoon at the Martin Luther Clinic in Berlin.

- Former Giro winner Stefano Garzelli and his wife Maria are celebrating the birth of their first son. He was born on Monday in Valencia, Spain, and has been named Marco. "That was such an unbelievable emotion," said Liquigas-Bianchi team leader Garzelli. "I'm going to stay with my family in the coming weeks to find out what means being a father. I know it is obviously soon to talk about this, but. I'm looking forward to going for a ride with him."

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