Celestino quits Saeco
Italian classics specialist Mirko Celestino has decided to leave the Saeco nest, signing a deal with former Polti team director Gianluigi Stanga. Celestino will join the ranks of a team formed from the merger of De Nardi and Domina Vacanze. The two teams are expected to combine assets with an eye on securing entry in the UCI's Pro Tour for 2005.
Paulinho to Liberty Seguros
Olympic silver medallist in the men's road race, Sergio Paulinho, has signed a deal to join Manolo Saiz and the Spanish Liberty Seguros team. Paulinho, who rides this year for LA Pecol, will also be joined by Portuguese compatriot Nuno Ribeiro.