Unibet.com riders José Rujano and Stijn Vandenbergh have secured positions for the 2008 season on different ProTour teams. The promising pair of stage racers may now have the chance to demonstrate their true potential after a year of being excluded from many of the major races and all three Grand Tours because of conflict between the UCI and the race organisers.
Rujano secured a position with the Caisse d'Epargne team. The 25 year-old Venezuelan climber turned professional in 2003, and made waves when he placed third overall in the Giro d'Italia in 2005, winning a stage and the mountains classification in the process.
Vandenbergh, a neo-pro in 2007 will move over to the French Ag2r Prévoyance squad. The 23 year-old Belgian from Oudenaarde won a stage at the overall classification at this year's Tour of Ireland.
Laura Weislo has been with Cyclingnews since 2006 after making a switch from a career in science. As Deputy Editor, she coordinates coverage for North American events and global news. A swimmer in her younger days, Laura made the change to cycling later in life, but was immediately swept up by a huge passion for the sport. Riding for fitness quickly gave way to the competitive urge, and a decade of racing later she can look back on a number of high profile races and say with confidence, "I started". While her racing days are over for the most part, she continues to dabble in cyclo-cross and competing against fellow pathletes on the greenways of Raleigh, North Carolina.
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