The Phonak Hearing Systems Team has hired Adriano Baffi as an assistant sports director. Last year the 43-year old Italian was under contract as sporting director for Landbouwkrediet Colnago. In his 17 year career as a pro, he won over 80 races on the road and track. These included various stage wins in the Giro, Paris-Nice and Tour de Suisse as well as coming third twice in Milan-Sanremo and Gent-Wevelgem. Under the direction of team manager John Lelangue, Baffi will support the sporting directors Juan Fernandez, Jacques Michaud and René Savary, starting from May 1. Adriano Baffi's first job will be at the Giro d'Italia [with the boycott caveat - ed.].