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Rabobank signs Theo Bos?

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Theo Bos left Rabobank to ride for Cervélo TestTeam this year, but has Cervélo folds he may return to the Dutch team. According to rumours he will soon sign a two-year-contract with them.

The Dutchman thought he would stay with Cervélo TestTeam for two years, but last week the team suddenly announce its closure.

“There is still little clarity at Cervelo,” his manager Orlando van den Bosch told the Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf. “Besides the financial picture, Bos chose the team for its sporting offer. Now the sponsor just withdraws and does not comply with the contracts.”

Rabobank's team management talked to Theo Bos instantaneously and offered him a new contract. He could have continued to search for a new team, but he seems pleased that Rabobank asked him to return.

Actually eight teams are said to have contacted the sprinter, but Rabobank is definitely the safest option. And the most familiar. Returning doesn't mean he will stay with them forever.

Laurent Fignon lost fight against cancer

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Laurent Fignon passed away. The cancer took over his body and he didn't survive the disease. He was 50 years old.

In June 2009, Fignon told that he was undergoing treatment for cancer. This summer, he commentate for French television on the Tour de France, but some people noted that he spoke a little strange. The tumour made it hard to speak and to live. But he still hoped to stay alive and get his voice back.

He didn't want to die. He wished to overcome the disease, but he knew it would be difficult.

“I don’t want to die at 50,” he said this summer. “All I know is that my cancer isn’t evolving. I’m still fighting.”

Laurent Fignon won the Tour de France in 1983 and 1984.

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Will Cancellara leave Saxo Bank?

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Fabian Cancellara may leave Team Saxo Bank. Is anybody surprised?

The Swiss rider has a contract with the Danish team for 2011. But he has started to think more and more about finding something else.

“I often think about next season as well. It is an open secret that other teams are interested in me,” he wrote at his webpage.

“I have to say, some interesting suggestions have been made, which would also offer me long-term opportunities for the future, i.e. beyond cycling.”

One of the team's may be BMC Racing, at least that's what rumours say. But he could of course stay with Saxo Bank.

“As I am openly communicating with Bjarne Riis, we have of course discussed this situation. I am delighted that Bjarne will come to the Vuelta and that we will be able to talk about our pending tasks.” Cancellara said. “So I hope that I will know more about my fitness levels and where I'll be riding next year after the Tour of Spain.”

Many of his team mates, Andy and Fränk Schleck, Jens Voigt, Matti Breschel, Jakob Fuglsang and Anders Lund, have already announced that they are leaving. Fabian Cancellara may switch team as well.

It's not uncommon that cyclists decide to switch teams after a few years, but this year Saxo Bank will lose some of their most important cyclists. Maybe because they had trouble finding a new sponsor. What do you think?