Transfer news

Basque riders Iñigo Chaurreau and Mikel Astarloza have re-signed with the French Ag2r-Prevoyance team for another season, according to Astarloza had several offers from other teams, but decided to remain with Vincent Lavenu.

French rider Christophe Edaleine will leave Cofidis for another French team, Crédit Agricole, at the end of this year. After Thor Hushovd's successful green jersey campaign in the Tour de France and Christophe Moreau's departure, Crédit Agricole will be built around Hushovd for next season.

There are two new riders for the Lampre-Caffita team, reports Mauro Santambrogio and Danilo Napolitano, both from Team LPR, will join Giuseppe Saronni and Claudio Corti's squad next season.

The Panaria team has engaged Italian Roberto Traficante (Team LPR) and 22 year-old Argentinean sprinter Max Richeze for next season, with the latter signing a two year deal with the Reverberi brothers. Richeze's job will be to help Panaria's other Argentinean sprinter Ruben Bongiorno in the bunch kicks. And although he had an offer to join the Cofidis ProTour team, he opted for a lower key debut as a professional rider. Richeze is a multiple national and PanAm champion on the road, and has set his sights on the U23 World Championships in Madrid in September.

German rider Madeleine Sandig will join the Buitenpoort-Flexpoint team, riding alongside Mirjam Melchers-Van Poppel next season. Sandig, 22, recently won the European U23 time trial championships.

There are rumours in the Belgian cycling scene that a new Continental Pro team is in the works, with negotiations to be finished soon. Jef Braeckevelt is being mentioned as managing director, and Belgian Champion Serge Baguet is on the team's hit list of riders to sign. Baguet is at the end of his contract with the Davitamon-Lotto team, which recently lost Axel Merckx to Phonak.

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