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Zanini accepts Fuji-Servetto directeur role

Stefano Zanini will leave his position as directeur sportif at Team Silence-Lotto and take a similar role at Mauro Gianetti's Team Fuji-Servetto for 2009, according to His arrival fuels recent news that Paolo Bettini, with whom he rode with for six years, could take over management of the team.

Zanini's departure leaves the Belgian team with four directeur sportifs under Sports Director Marc Sergeant: Hendrik Redant, Herman Frison, Roberto Damiani and newcomer Dirk De Wolf.

Zanini, 39, rode professionally from 1991 to 2007. He won the Amstel Gold Race in 1996, a stage in the Tour de France (2000) and two stages in the Giro d'Italia (1994 and 2001). (SW)