Alexandr Kolobnev will leave Saxo Bank for an as-yet undisclosed Pro Tour team. Saxo Bank announced the news today on the team's official website. Though Kolobnev had one year remaining on his contract, the Danish team released him. The Russian will take on a leadership role at his new team. In a brief press statement Kolobnev said, "I have been very happy to be a part of Team Saxo Bank and the time on the team has developed my talent to a higher level. I am grateful that Bjarne gives me the opportunity to accept an offer from a team where I will have a leading role." In return, Riis wished the Russian luck for the future. All so friendly.
In the meantime, Saxo Bank has signed Sebastian Haedo, who took an early exit from his contract with Colavita. Haedo joins his brother J.J. Haedo at Saxo Bank. Sebastian Haedo finished second in the U.S. national rankings this year. He will ride for Saxo Bank for two years. Jaroslaw Marycz, a 22 year old Polish rider, will also join Saxo Bank for two years. Marxcz finished second at the U23 European championships this year and has twice won the U23 Polish national time trial championship. Otherwise, I don't pretend to know anything about him.