Contract news

Belgian Staf Scheirlinckx will remain with the Cofidis team for at least another season, reports Het Nieuwsblad. Scheirlinckx described himself as "very happy" with his current arrangement.

American Saul Raisin (Credit Agricole) has extended his contract with the French team for another two seasons, reports Raisin had his best ever season this year, winning the mountains competition and finishing second overall in the Tour de l'Avenir, as well as ending 9th in the Deutschland Tour and riding in the early breakaway during the World Championships in Madrid.

Italian Massimiliano Maisto will turn pro with Universal Caffé next season, signing a two year contract, reports This year, the 25 year-old Maisto rode with the Tecninox Camel Podenzano Brunero team, winning nine races, including a stage in the Baby Giro and the Bassano-Monte Grappa one day race.

"Finally the big day has arrived," said Maisto. "I'm happy, I hope to repay the trust that's been placed in me and to obtain good results next season."

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