Speculation links Freire to Katusha; Vicioso, Kristoff and Florencio said to have signed
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Monday, October 17, 2011

Speculation links Freire to Katusha; Vicioso, Kristoff and Florencio said to have signed

by VeloNation Press at 7:53 PM EST   comments
Categories: Pro Cycling
 
Russian team tipped to be adding Erik Zabel to management team

Oscar FreireTriple world champion Oscar Freire is rumoured to be a big new signing for the Russian Katusha team, along with multiple green jersey winner Erik Zabel. The latter is tipped to be coming on board in a similar capacity to that which he fulfilled with HTC Highroad, namely as a mentor and sprint coach, while Freire’s signing – if confirmed – would see him spending one last year in the peloton.

The Spaniard has been searching for a team for next season, although lately his current Rabobank squad plus the Movistar setup indicated that he would not be part of either setup in 2012.

Cycloweb.it appears to be the source of the Freire suggestion, and is following on from a report on Biciciclismo citing negotiations with an unnamed major rider. “In this moment we are negotiating with one of the most important riders,” it cites new team manager Hans Michael Holczer as saying to Russian media. “We cannot say his name. We hope to say it soon.”

Holczer has reportedly already confirmed the signings of seven riders, namely the pros Ángel Vicioso (Androni), Xavier Florencio (Geox TMC), Maxim Belkov (Vacansoleil) and Alexander Kristoff (BMC), as well as three riders with the team’s continental wing Itera – Katusha.

These are Timofey Kritskiy, Nikita Eskov and Alexey Tsatevich.

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