ancebo officially parts from AG2R; Gutierrez finds a team; Another four years for Saunier Duval; Ob
PIC BY TDWSPORT.COM Mancebo officially parts from AG2R Francisco Mancebo is now formally free to find a new team, after reaching an agreement with AG2R Prevoyance to terminate his contract. The Spanish rider was suspended by AG2R in June after Operaci¢n Puerto. At the time, he announced that he would retire from cycling, but has since had second thoughts. He has been linked to pro continental team Relax-GAM, but is yet to sign a new contract. Gutierrez finds a team Spaniard Jos Enrique Gutierrez has found a team to ride for next season. The 32 year-old ex-Phonak rider will join David Boifava’s LPR/Androni squad. Gutierrez finished second in the Giro d’Italia this year, but was then sidelined after being linked with Operaci¢n Puerto. He did not race for the remainder of the season. The Spanish cycling federation didn’t initiate a disciplinary procedure against him, leaving him free to race again. Joining Jos Enrique Gutierrez at the Swiss-registered LPR/Androni are his brother Ignacio, Swiss riders Andreas Dietziker, Roger Beuchat, Alberto Tiberio and neo-pro Nazareno Rossi, and Italians Paolo Bailetti, Maurizio Bellin, Daniele Callegarin, Luca Celli, Riccardo Chiarini, Raffaele Ferrara, Marco Marcato, Samuele Marzoli, Alessandro Maserati, Walter Proch Daniele Nardello, Luca Solari, and Roberto Traficante, and Slovenian Borut Bozic. Another four years for Saunier Duval The Saunier Duval team has extended its ProTour licence by another four years. That will take the Swiss squad up to 2010 in the top rank of cycling. The team is currently spending some time in Cantabria, Spain to prepare for the new season. Obree takes on the kiddies Graham Obree will take on a team of four young “Future Stars” in a pursuit challenge at the next Revolution on December 9. The Scottish cycling hero had been lined up to ride with Ian Stannard for a special two-up pursuit, but had no suitable challengers. He will now ride solo against the four 16 year-olds. “We decided to tweak the format of the feature event to ensure the crowd get to see Graeme at his best,” said Technical Director Gordon Harling. “We knew that Graeme had taken on a similar challenge in the past against a team of amateur riders so lining him up against the Future Stars made perfect sense.” Obree suggested a full pursuit distance giving him chance to wind his legs up. “It always takes me a while to get going,” he said. “So riding 4k suits me better. We will be riding on normal bikes as well which will help even things out; it’s going to be a good race.” The DHL Future Stars team consists of Tom Skubala, Andy Fenn, Sam Freeman and Mark Christian. Not only will they be taking on Obree, they will also race in a special Future Stars Madison on top of the standard 1 mile dash, scratch race and Devil. “It is going to be a tough night of racing,” said Future Stars team leader Mark Christian. “I’ll have to defend my lead in the competition as well as racing the extra events. It will be amazing to race against Graeme Obree though and all us are really looking forward to it.” Christian holds a slim lead in the Future Stars on 162 points with Tom Skubala second on 156 and Andy Fenn third with 146 points. There will be plenty of action in the girls racing too with Wales’ Alex Greenfield locked in a tight battle with West Midlands rider Helen Clayton. More information: www.cyclingrevolution.com. Tickets can be purchased from the website or by calling +44 (007005 942 579 or +44 (0)161 223 2244.