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The Italian sports paper La Gazzetta dello Sport is reporting several important transfers for the 2015 cycling season.
Among them are several Cannondale riders finding new homes as that team has lost its title sponsor.
In addition to star rider Peter Sagan heading to Tinkoff-Saxo for the 2015 season, La Gazzetta reports that Sagan’s brother Juraj, Polish rider Maciej Bodnar, and Italian Ivan Basso are all headed to Tinkoff-Saxo.
Basso, a two-time Giro d’Italia champion, will be reunited with Tinkoff manager Bjarne Riis; Basso rode under Riis at Team CSC from 2004 to 2006. Basso was later suspended for his involvement in the blood-doping scandal Operation Puerto during those years. Riis denied any involvement or wrongdoing, however Tyler Hamilton wrote in his tell-all book The Secret Race that Riis had introduced Hamilton to Puerto mastermind Eufemiano Fuentes. Basso was suspended from June 2007 to October 2008.
Two other riders from the Cannondale team, Damiano Caruso and Alessandro De Marchi, are headed to BMC Racing, La Gazzetta reports.
The article also reports that Tinkoff-Saxo has signed Norwegian Edvald Boasson Hagen, from Team Sky, and Croatian Robert Kiserlovski, from Trek Factory Racing.
Additionally, the report claims that Irish rider Nicolas Roche is leaving Tinkoff-Saxo, headed for Team Sky, and confirms that Spaniard Luis Leon Sanchez and Dutchman Lars Boom have signed with the Astana team of Tour de France champion Vincenzo Nibali.
Omega Pharma-Quick Step has added Colombian Carlos Betancur, winner of Paris-Nice, from Ag2r La Mondiale, to help support his compatriot and friend Rigoberto Uran, La Gazzetta reports.
The piece also reports that French sprinter Nacer Bouhanni, winner of three stages and the points classification at the Giro d’Italia, is leaving Française des Jeux to head to Cofidis.