Some funny stuff has been going on over at RadioShack-Nissan-Trek (Ya know, the Bruyneel-Becca bastard child). From what I have gathered from 06.live-radsport/wielerflits/etc. is that guys like Gianni Meersman, Jan Bakelandts and Rüdiger Selig who were all previously strongly rumored for the team are now headed elsewhere. The former two are headed from Lotto-Ridley while Selig is venturing to the goolag at Katusha...Hayden Roulston will be taking one of the spots at RSNT
Lotto Ridley seems to be pretty set for next year, all ready count 29 riders...Hoste seems to have come to an agreement with his old team
-Speaking of Katusha, they have 12 new signings for the year: Maxim Belkov (Vacansoleil), Oscar Freire (Rabobank), Nikita Eskov (Itera-Katusha), Xavier Florencio (Geox-TMC), Marco Haller (Adria Mobil), Alexander Kristoff (BMC), Timofey Kritsky (Itera-Katusha), Rudiger Selig (Leopard-Trek), Gatis Smukulis (HTC), Simon Spilak (Lampre-ISD), Alexei Tsatevich (Itera-Katusha) en Ángel Vicioso (Androni
-Once school stops beating up on me, I have a story ready about Kritskiy...good comeback tale there. Spilak is a good acquisition for them though, on different note, Katusha seems to have so many youngsters or guys with little experience in the big time that it weighs them down. With Hoste going back home to Lotto-Ridley but Ivanov, Arguelyes, Mironov, Ovechkin, Pliuschin and Trussov seem to be out of a job...and if your wondering where Di Luca is off to, all signs seem to point to Acqua e Sapone (not surprised in the least)
-Movistar won't be bringing back Oyarzun, Pasamontes, Fran Perez and sadly, Mauricio Soler
filled will be filling out the roster with the studs Michael Hepburn and Luke Durbridge
-Will Clarke, Aaron Kemps (former Astana) and Clinton Avery (FINALLY!!) signed with the new Pro-Conti team out of Hong Kong, Champion System...Marek Rutkiewicz, of yearly Tour of Poland fame, is bound for NetApp, who is gathering a better roster for next year; he should have some nice results in bigger races.