ichele Gobbi’s condition continues to improve, Davitamon-Lotto make changes to their management tea
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Team Milram report that the condition of Michele Gobbi is improving following his crash at the GP Beghelli on Sunday that left him with bad head injuries. “Michele is breathing by himself, although this is causing him some fatigue,” said Milram doctor Claudio Sprenger. “I have spoken to Dr Gordini, the medical chief of the Bologna hospital’s reanimation unit, and he has confirmed that the condition of the rider is improving, but he is refusing to make any prognostication on his future condition.”
– Davitamon-Lotto are to replace directeur sportif Eric van Lancker with LPR’s Roberto Damiani, who previously worked with Mapei. “Van Lancker’s contract came to an end and we decided not to renew it,” said team PR. Filip Demyttenaere. “It has got nothing to do with budgetary reasons. We took on the Italian Roberto Damiani in July as directeur sportif for 2007. [Team manager] Marc Sergeant will take control of more races himself as the number of directeurs sportifs will stay at four. Herman Frison and Hendrik Redant are staying with us.” It has already been announced that the team’s other directeur, Allan Peiper, is to join T-Mobile.
– On the verge of joining the ProTour in 2007, Unibet.com are stepping up their recruitment of riders to fill their expanded roster. The Swedish-backed team are close to completing a deal with French sprinter Jimmy Casper, and have also bee in contact with Phonak’s Victor Hugo Pe¤a. Casper is reported to need just a signature on a contract to seal his move from Cofidis, while Pe¤a has been undergoing medical tests with the team and should complete a move if he can agree financial terms. The team are also interested in CSC’s Brian Vandborg.