Shorts: Igor, Roulston, Rogers
Astarloa finally agrees deal for next season – but not with ProTour team, Roulston confirmed with US
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After much talk about former world champion Igor Astarloa joining Lampre or even another ProTour team, the Italian-based Spaniard is reported to have agreed a deal to stay with the continental Barloworld team next season. Team boss Claudio Corti has told Tuttobiciweb that “with Astarloa we have got the heavyweight rider we were looking for and we are really pleased because we didn’t think we would be able to build such a strong team in such a short space of time”. Astarloa’s fellow Spaniard Peio Arreitunandia has also been confirmed with Barloworld.
– Kiwi Hayden Roulston has confirmed that he is to join the US-based Health Net-Maxxis team next season after leaving Discovery Channel following a series of incidents and setbacks. Roulston is attempting to gain selection for the Commonwealth Games in March, when he hopes to ride in both the road race and in the track events.
– Australian Michael Rogers also has an eye on the Melbourne Games, but has acknowledged that, like compatriot Brad McGee, he will need to reach an agreement with his pro team in order to ride at Games in March. “I want to ride there, but it won’t be easy,” the new T-Mobile signing told The Canberra Times. “I am having problems getting a release from the team, but I am still trying. I understand their point of view but the Games are something I would like to do.”