After the disappointment of missing out on a place on the Liquigas-Bianchi roster for 2005, former Swedish road race champion Petter Renäng has signed to ride for Unibet (formerly MrBookmaker.com) in 2006.
In October last year Renäng was on the verge of signing for the Italian squad, but due to his age (he had already turned 23) and a UCI rule regarding the number of neo-pros on a roster, he was ineligible for a place in the squad after Mario Cipollini became the last non-neo pro rider added to the team. Although bitterly disappointed at the outcome, Renäng joined German continental squad ComNet-Senges but has struggled with injury for most of the season; a sixth place in the Tour of Hessen TT stage is his best result this year.
Renäng finished top 10 in the world championships TT in 2003, and after securing the Swedish national road championship in 2004 looked a sure bet to join the ProTour ranks. This wasn't to be, and with Unibet being the beneficiaries of this situation, they're confident the young Swede can play an important role in race plans for 2006.