Contract news

Michael Rasmussen will stay with the Rabobank Cycling Team for the next two seasons. The Danish climber reached an agreement with general director Theo de Rooij over a contract extension. Rasmussen was the star performer of the team in this year's Tour de France, winning the stage to Mulhouse and the polka-dot mountains jersey. In 2003, he also won a stage in the Vuelta a España.

Italian Giuliano Figueras (Lampre-Caffita) will ride for Acqua e Sapone for the coming season. Figueras was recently cleared of doping charges relating to the raids in the 2001 Giro d'Italia.

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