Shorts: Transfer latest, Cunego
Quick Step sign Italians and Belgians, UCI confirm possible doping case at TDF, Cunego becomes a fat
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Quick Step have signed Italian riders Ivan Santaromita and Davide Vigan for the next three seasons. Santaromita, a climber born in 1984, comes from the Velo Club Mendrisio. He will officially start his professional career as a trainee from the August 1, and subsequently he will be taking part in the GP Camaiore on August 4. Vigan has reached an agreement to leave the Androni Giocattoli team managed by Davide Boifava. Vigan, 21, will make his Quick Step debut Camaiore, riding alongside the Olympic champion Paolo Bettini. The Belgian team have also taken on local riders Kevin Neyrinck and Jasper Melis, who is Tom Boonen’s cousin, from the Beveren 2000 Team as stagiaires for the rest of this season.
– The International Cycling Union has confirmed that a rider has tested positive following controls undertaken after stage five of the Tour de France. The stage was won by Robbie McEwen, but the UCI has revealed that neither the Australian nor race leader Lance Armstrong is implicated. UCI spokesman Enrico Carpani confirmed that the rider involved “is not a team leader. The Anti-Doping Commission is investigating the case but the possibility exists that this is not a doping case.”
– Damiano Cunego and his girlfriend Margherita are celebrating the birth of their first child, Ludovica. She was born early on Thursday morning in the Borgotrento hospital in Verona. Mother and baby are reported to be doing well.
– Cunego’s Lampre team have signed two Italian riders from the LPR continental team. They are Mauro Santambrogio, who is tipped as a major Italian stage-racing hope, and sprinter Danilo Napolitano, who won a stage in the recent Brixia Tour.