Celestino moving to the DeNardi/Domina merger is interesting. I suspect that it is so that Celestino will not have to ride in DiLuca's very large shadow in the Classics and the traditional Italian one day races, the latter which Celestino really shines in. I also suspect he got a pay raise in the move, so good for Mirko. This gives that team a solid classics rider who is very consistent. Haven't been to his website yet, so we'll probably know more when he puts something up there. Mirko's got style , class, and charisma, so I wish him well.
Paulinho's move was expected. He is the real deal, and should show well in the future.
Backstedt is moving to Liquigas for their return to cycling sponsorship. This is Rebellin's old outfit and should be a good solid team for Magnus.
And I believe Merckx has signed with the new permutation of Lotto and the parent company of Davitomn(sic).
Last edited by don d.; 08-26-04 at 01:16 PM.