Volodymir Gustov and I¤igo Cuesta are CSC’s final signings for the 2006 season, giving Bjarne Riis a
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CSC team manager Bjarne Riis has completed the final two signings to the Danish squad’s 30-rider roster for the 2006 season with the arrival of Ukrainian Volodymir Gustov from Fassa Bortolo and Spanish climber I¤igo Cuesta from Saunier Duval. Gustov, 28, was recommended to Riis by former team-mate Ivan Basso, while Cuesta, 36, was recommended by Carlos Sastre.
“Obviously I’ll listen when our top guys make suggestions for new riders, and that’s been the case with these two final additions to the team,” said Riis. “We’re talking about two strong riders, who fit very well into our schedule for next season, where we have a lot of stage races and hilly Classics on the menu. Both Gustov and Cuesta come from big teams and bring along a lot of experience. Cuesta was one of the main profiles on the Cofidis Tour team, while Gustov is still quite young and could develop further on our team.”
The pair join a strong-looking list of new arrivals at CSC, comprising Stuart O’Grady, Kasper Klostergaard, Karsten Kroon, Fabian Cancellara, Marcus Ljungqvist and Martin Pedersen. “It’s a big and very diverse squad, and following this season’s fantastic results we have a lot to live up to,” Riis explained.
“We’ve never had such a strong team and next year we’ll allow ourselves to have great expectations in both the Classics and the big stage races. We have eight new and exciting riders on our team and I’m really looking forward to integrating them. We want to put our mark on the season from the beginning till the very end and I believe we have a lot to look forward to.”