Mancebo to AG2R(blah)

The French AG2R team must have some smooth talking agents as they convinced Fransico Mancebo to join up. Mancebo is tagged as a possible Tour contender and will join Christophe Moreau on the team that is hoping to take up Fassa Bortolo’s spot in the Pro Tour. AG2R layed and egg at the Tour de France where they were hardly visible, and hope that the strengthened roster will make the ProTour gods pick them. But there are way too many mediocre French teams already in the Pro Tour what with Cofidis, Credit Agricole and Boygues Telecom. FDJeux has some stars, but they have fizzled out so far this year. Plus, their major stars are not French, but Aussies.
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Benelux: Peloton takes wrong turn

The Eneco Tour or Tour of Benelux without the “Lux” had an embarassing mishap today as the leading breakaway trio of Bart Dockx (Davitamon-Lotto), Jason McCartney (Discovery Channel) and Christian Vandevelde (Csc) were stopped to reestablish a smaller lead than the 13:09 lead that they had. The 13:09 lead arose when the following peloton took a wrong turn, while the break still followed the correct route. Race organizers didn’t want an insurmountable lead established, so they decided to stop the break and reset the original lead time.

In protest, Bart Dockx sat on the ground. Rules do not state that a break should be stopped in case the peloton takes a wrong turn. Results to follow.
Corridori sbagliano strada in Benelux

Team LPR get Dario Pieri right away

Dario Pieri is no longer part of Lampre-Caffita. The passista (Italian equivalent of rouleur, or really big guy who can crank along) may not have gone well with Lampre. Pieri burst onto the Classics two years ago with a great performance in Paris Roubaix. His performance made many think of another Franco Ballerini. Unfortunately, Dario couldn’t quite get back to that level since. His move to the smaller Team LPR is a big coup for the tiny squad, but don’t look for Dario in Paris-Roubaix.

Team LPR: ingaggiato Dario Pieri