By VeloNews Interactive wire services , Copyright AFP2002
Telekom has signed Italian classics specialist Daniele Nardello on a one-year deal, the team announced Saturday.
Nardello, who was Italian champion last year, has been recruited to “reinforce the team mainly in the (one-day) classics,” said Telekom team spokesman Olaf Ludwig.
As well as 30-year-old Nardello Telekom, who failed to re-sign their troubled former Tour de France champion Jan Ullrich last week, have also signed Australian Cadel Evans and Italian Paolo Savaldelli, this year’s Giro d’Italia winner.
Both of the latter arrived from Mapei while Belgian Mario Aerts and German Christian Werner have also signed with the Bonn-based team.
Ullrich, the Tour winner in 1997 and four-time runner-up, is serving a suspension until the end of next March after testing positive for amphetamines in June. He later admitted taking the drug ecstasy while out with friends at a night club, soon after his most recent knee operation.