Millar to 2006 TdF with Saunier?

David Millar, whose two-year doping suspension ends in June 2006, is looking to come back as soon as possible. After rumours began that he was in touch with a number of teams, including Quick.Step, Liberty Seguros and Illes Balears, it looks like he has found a place at Saunier Duval-Prodir. Team manager Mauro Gianetti said over the weekend that the team was preparing to sign Millar. "As far as we're concerned, the deal is perfect. The contract can be signed within the next few days," he said, adding that it was possible Millar could even ride in the 2006 Tour de France, which starts nine days after his suspension ends, because the Brit admitted his doping practices before the UCI ProTour was launched. Under the new regulation, a rider suspended for doping may not enter a ProTeam for two years after his suspension ends.

Meanwhile, team Saunier Duval has announced that it is also interested in signing the new U23 World Champion, young Ukrainian Dmytro Grabovskyy. The 19-year old used one of the team's bikes - Andrea Tafi's - to accomplish his excellent performance last Saturday in Madrid, as he has been in contact with the squad for some time.

Courtesy of Susan Westemeyer

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