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Astana sign Tiralongo on two-year contract

Peter Cossins
October 20, 2009, 11:12 BST,
October 20, 2009, 12:26 BST
First Edition Cycling News, Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Paolo Tiralongo (Lampre - N.G.C) on the attack.

Paolo Tiralongo (Lampre - N.G.C) on the attack.

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Tiralongo leaves Lampre after four years, Pietropolli transfers in to Lampre from LPR

Lampre-NGC rider Paolo Tiralongo has announced on his web page that he has signed a two-year deal with Astana. The 32-year-old Italian finished eighth in this year’s Vuelta a España in what turned out to be the last of his four seasons with Lampre.

Among his new teammates is Tour de France champion Alberto Contador, and both riders will be keen to hear today’s decision by the International Cycling Union's (UCI) licensing commission over Astana’s application to continue in the ProTour.

While Tiralongo heads out of Lampre, LPR’s Daniele Pietropolli will head in, after he signed a two-year contract with Beppe Saronni's team.

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