Oliver Zaugg, 27, is the first Team Gerolsteiner rider to announce his 2009 plans. The Swiss climber announced that he will ride for Team Liquigas in 2009 and 2010. Team Gerolsteiner is losing its sponsor at the end of this season, and Team Manger Hans-Michael Holczer has yet been unable to find a replacement.
"Fortunately, I received several offers," said Zaugg, according to the Züricher Öberlander. Liquigas "will continue to ride at the highest level. I have good perspectives there." Zaugg rode for Saunier-Duval from 2004 to 2006, before joining Gerolsteiner. (SW)