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Gonzalez clear to ride for Fassa

Vuelta a España winner Aitor Gonzalez will ride next season for the Italian Fassa Bartolo team after signing a two-year deal here Monday despite an ongoing dispute with the Acqua e Sapone team. The 27-year-old Spaniard now looks assured of a safe passage to the Italian set-up after an acrimonious few weeks. Top International Cycling Union (UCI) official Alain Rumpf told the French wire service AFP that Gonzalez is clear to ride as a member of the Fassa Bortolo squad. "Given the documents we now have it looks as if Aitor Gonzalez will be able to ride for Fassa Bortolo next season," Rumpf

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By VeloNews Interactive wire services , Copyright AFP2002

Vuelta a España winner Aitor Gonzalez will ride next season for the Italian Fassa Bartolo team after signing a two-year deal here Monday despite an ongoing dispute with the Acqua e Sapone team.

The 27-year-old Spaniard now looks assured of a safe passage to the Italian set-up after an acrimonious few weeks.

Top International Cycling Union (UCI) official Alain Rumpf told the French wire service AFP that Gonzalez is clear to ride as a member of the Fassa Bortolo squad.

“Given the documents we now have it looks as if Aitor Gonzalez will be able to ride for Fassa Bortolo next season,” Rumpf said. “Fassa Bortolo have a solid contract with the rider.”

Rumpf, however, made no comment on Gonzalez’ dealings with Acqua e Sapone – with whom he had signed an agreement at the end of last year.

Since then however things have changed for Gonzalez, who is now able to court the attention of the bigger teams.

He has had his most successful season so far, winning two stages in the Giro d’Italia before winning the Vuelta as a member of the financially troubled Kelme team.
Copyright AFP2002