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Paulinho and Azevedo join Armstrong at the Shack

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August 12, 2009, 7:18 BST,
August 12, 2009, 8:35 BST
First Edition Cycling News, Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Sergio Paulinho (Astana) smiles on the podium

Sergio Paulinho (Astana) smiles on the podium

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Portuguese pair sign for RadioShack

Portuguese news agency Lusa reports that Sérgio Paulinho will ride for new American squad RadioShack for the next two years after the Portuguese rider recently signed for Lance Armstrong's outfit.

Joining the Astana rider will be former professional Jose Azevedo, who rode with Armstrong in the Discovery Channel formation during the last two of the Texan's seven Tour de France triumphs. Azevedo will take on a management position, combining forces with former boss Johan Bruyneel.

"I have an offer and I’ve accepted," said Azevedo. "All the details need to be worked out, but it’s confirmed. I am looking forward to working with Armstrong again. We always got along and this is an opportunity to do something I’ve always dreamed of."

It ends speculation on Paulinho's future after it was rumoured that he would remain by the side of Alberto Contador after he played a pivotal role in the Spaniard's second Tour de France crown last month. It wasn't known whether either rider would stay with the Astana squad or move elsewhere - now it appears that at least one of them will be shifting teams.

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