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Transfer Roundup: Goss and Albasini to GreenEdge, Porte to Sky and more

A round-up of recent transfer news

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Albasini, Goss sign with GreenEdge

Michael Albasini and Matt Goss (both currently with HTC-Highroad) are joining the new Australian GreenEdge team next season.

GreenEdge is keen to promote Goss, winner of this year’s Milan-San Remo, as a top contender at the world championships later this month. It would be a coup for the new squad to start out with a rainbow jersey in its lineup.

“It’s a course that suits me and it’s not going to be the nicest weather, which also suits me,” Goss said. “I started the season on a high note and I’m aiming to end the season on a high note.”

Goss had to quit the Vuelta a España on the second stage due to a virus, but says he’s recovered and begun preparing for worlds.

“It’s not ideal but if we can get everything right over the next four weeks then we’re in with a good chance to get a good result,” he said.

Albasini, also coming from HTC, won stage 13 of the Vuelta a España last week.

“When you’re in the peloton you always hear rumors and I heard so many good things about GreenEdge, which got me interested. But they called me. This was the first time a team has called me,” the 30-year-old Swiss rider said.

“This means GreenEdge values me as a rider and has confidence in me. This is important because I am a rider who needs the confidence of the team.”

Team Sky signs Puccio and Porte

Salvatore Puccio, the defending under 23 Tour of Flanders champion from Italy, signed with the team as a neo-pro for the 2012 season.

“I think Team Sky are the best choice for any young rider in the world at the moment and signing for them has made a dream of mine become a reality. They have such a strong, positive image and I’ve been really impressed by the way they have organized their work in the few years that they have been around.”

Team Sky announced Wednesday that it had hired another young star for 2012: Richie Porte, who joins from Saxo Bank.

The 26 year old said he’s looking to become a GC leader at Sky.

“I had two great years at Saxo Bank-Sungard, and will be forever grateful to them for giving me my chance in the professional ranks, but am looking forward to opening this next chapter of my career now and hopefully taking things to another level.”

“I’ll be targeting the week-long stage races initially, although it would be nice in the future to lead the team in a grand tour. My time trialling is another area I want to focus on, and having guys in the team like Bradley Wiggins and Michael Rogers will help me no end and I’ll be looking to learn as much as I can from them.”

Sutherland returns to UnitedHealthcare as they sign Maar, again

De Maar won a stage of the 2010 Cascade Classic with UHC. Photo: Pat Malach

Australian Rory Sutherland will return to UnitedHealthcare in 2012.

The team also has signed Marc de Maar from Quick Step. De Maar rode for UHC in 2010.

“Since I left the team in 2010, Mike (Tamayo), Rory (Sutherland) and I stayed in touch on and off. Team UnitedHealthcare is world class in everything they do. I had a great experience with them when I was a member and I knew that one day I would rejoin them. I am looking forward to the next two years and being part of their cycling family again. Plus, I really miss those U.S. oatmeal raisin cookies!”

Team Type 1 signs Frederic Moncassin as assistant sports director

Moncassin, from Toulouse, won two stages in the 1996 Tour de France and had more then 30 wins in his career.

“Frederic will be very important for our riders,” said team founder and CEO Phil Southerland. “He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in all of the major races, and can be a leader for the guys who are doing battle in every race. His experience will take us to knew heights, and help our riders to the top step of the podium many times in 2012.”