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LPR: De Paoli renews, Ermeti signs

32 year-old Daniele De Paoli continuing his racing comeback after a three year break, extending his contract with LPR by two years this week. De Paoli has spent the last few years working for his father's building business, but decided that he still had the enthusiasm and physical ability to return to the saddle. "Today I'm pleased not to have hung up my bike and, at 32 years, I feel myself physically whole and psychologically motivated to still give a lot to this fantastic group," said De Paoli. "In this team, I fit in splendidly. It's the ideal environment for cycling, because the organisation is like that of a big ProTour team, but the human factor is like that of an extended family." De Paoli has had a steady season this year, but added that he'll be back to his best level in 2006.

In other LPR news, Giairo Ermeti has signed a two year deal with the team that will take him through 2007. The 24 year-old Italian has never raced professionally.