There are rumours in the Belgian press that Paolo Bettini has been offered a contract by German T-Mobile, who are reported to be looking for a new classics leader. The offer beginning next season is reportedly worth €2 million, out of bidding reach for Quick.Step team director Patrick Lefévère, whose contract with 'Il Grillo' is running out at the end of the season. But T-Mobile has denied the rumour. The Italian rider has been thinking out loud recently that he would like to move out of Tom Boonen's shadow again to be a sole team leader at the classics.
Meanwhile, Quick.Step's Davide Bramati will also quit the team at the end of the year - as a rider. He will join the Belgian team's management.