Italian Ivan Basso has extended with Team Liquigas for another two years. Allegedly, he did so after his former team, Saxo Bank, made him another offer. Basso has signed with the team through 2012, with the option for a third year. He has been with Liquigas since returning from a two-year doping suspension. Team Saxo Bank had to withdraw their offer because of lack of sponsors and other financial difficulties….
Polish time trial champion Maciek Bodnar of team Liquigas’ season will be put on hold for a little while as he received a double collar bone fracture from a crash while training. He was training in Valencia Benicasin, Spain. “I fell near a roundabout and my arm went down on the pavement,” Bodnar says. He has gone to Italy for surgery. “Unfortunately this incident ruins my plans and the team’s plans. But I intend to return to the peloton soon,” he adds. 24-year old Bodnar turned pro with Liquigas in 2008, and won the Polish national time trials this year….
Team Liquigas got together this week for a training camp at Italian ski resort Passo San Pellegrino. Big name cyclists Ivan Basso, Daniele Bennati, Franco Pelllizotti, Vincenzo Nibali, and all of their teammates go together for activities in the snow, both on and off the bike. They switched from their standard narrow road tires to fat knobby ones, and participated in team-building orienteering exercises.
With Cadel Evans going to BMC, Omega-Lotto has a gap to fill. It looks like they may have found their man in Roman Kreuziger. Kreuaiger finished 9th overall at the Tour de France this year. The 23-year-old also won the Tour de Romandie and the Tour de Suisse over the past two years. With Ivan Basso, from Kreuziger’s current team, Liquigas, expecting to return to the Tour in 2010, it would be a wise choice for Kreuziger to move to a team where he would have room to grow. Although Kreuziger is currently under contract with Liquigas, Omega-Lotto is prepared to pay extra money for the buy-out clause. Stay tuned for more info.
Via Velo News….