Shorts: Liquigas, Kirsipuu, Raisin

There's no place for Stefano Garzelli on the 2007 Liquigas roster, but still plenty of big names, a

There’s no place for Stefano Garzelli on the 2007 Liquigas roster, but still plenty of big names, a



Liquigas have confirmed their roster for 2007, with Leonardo Bertagnolli (Cofidis) and Murilo Fischer (Naturino) announced as the final additions to the 30-rider squad that will also comprise Manuel Beltran (Discovery Channel), Quick Step’s Flilippo Pozzato and Guido Trenti. The most notable departure from the Italian team is former Giro winner Stefano Garzelli, who is joining Acqua e Sapone. The full line-up is:

Michael Albasini (Swi), Magnus Backstedt (Swe), Patrick Calcagni (Swi), Eros Capecchi (Ita), Kjell Carlstrm (Fin), Mauro Da Dalto (Ita), Danilo Di Luca (Ita), Francesco Failli (Ita), Enrico Gasparotto (Ita), Roman Kreuziger (Cze), Vladimir Miholjevic (Cro), Matej Mugerli (Slo), Vincenzo Nibali (Ita), Andrea No (Ita), Luca Paolini (Ita), Franco Pellizotti (Ita), Manuel Quinziato (Ita), Alessandro Spezialetti (Ita),
Charles Wegelius (GB)

New riders:
Manuel Beltran Martinez (Spa), Leonardo Bertagnolli (Ita), Francesco Chicchi (Ita), Murilo Fischer (Bra), Aleksandr Kuschynski (Blr), Roberto Petito (Ita), Filippo Pozzato (Ita), Guido Trenti (USA), Alessandro Vanotti (Ita),
Frederik Willems (Bel)

New pro:
Dario Cataldo (Ita)

– After 14 seasons as a pro, Sunday’s Paris-Tours is set to be 37-year-old Jaan Kirsipuu’s last race at the highest level. Now riding for Crdit Agricole, the Estonian sprinter, who has won four stages of the Tour de France, has racked up more than 130 wins during his long career, during which he has always ridden for French teams, starting with Chazal, continuing with Casino and Ag2r, before moving to his current outfit in 2005.


Saul Raisin is back in Europe and has already ridden up the Col de la Madone near his base on the Cote d’Azur. The American, who is steadily regaining fitness after suffering severe head injuries when he crashed in April’s Circuit de la Sarthe, returned to Europe from his US home in Georgia to meet his Crdit Agricole team-mates and be part of the team’s pictures for the 2007 season. “My aim is to come back to Europe for good in January, to do some intensive training sessions,” Raisin told the Belgian media. “We’ll see how I stand then. There is no guarantee that I’m able and allowed to race again, but that is my goal.”