Rujano returns to Europe with team ISD

Venezuelan climber has chance to return to Giro d'Italia

Venezuela's José Rujano signed on Monday to ride with Italian team ISD in 2010, according to news agency RCD. Rujano, 27, was third in the 2005 Giro d'Italia, where ISD hopes he will be successful again in 2010.

"If it is going to be a Giro for climbers, as they are saying, then Rujano will excel," said ISD team manager Angelo Citracca. "He is one of the best climbers around, but after 2005, he relaxed and then mononucleosis stopped him (from riding)."

Rujano, riding for Gianni Savio's Selle Italia-Colombia, won the 2005 Giro's Sestriere stage, which included the gravel Finestre climb. It helped him take third overall and the green jersey of best climber.

After Selle Italia, he rode for Quick Step (2006), Unibet.com (2007), Caisse d'Epargne (2008) and this year, Gobernación del Zulia.

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Author: Gregor Brown

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