Merckx to Join Discovery Team?
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McEwen not on the dotted line yet
By Jeff Jones
Contrary to what was reported report yesterday, Robbie McEwen (Lotto-Domo) has not yet signed a contract for 2005. The Australian sprinter told Cyclingnews that he is "still negotiating with several teams and is taking his time to assess all the offers before putting pen to paper with anyone."
McEwen did say that he wanted a beefed up sprint train, which helped him to two stage wins and overall victory in the green jersey points competition in this year's Tour. He wants to "ensure the future of teammates Vierhouten, Marichal, Gates and bring Henk Vogels on board as well."
The contracts of Peter van Petegem and Serge Baguet have been confirmed, and it's almost certain that Wim Vansevenant will sign. However, with riders like Leif Hoste going to Discovery Channel for two years and Axel Merckx also talking to Bruyneel's team, Lotto's lineup for next year is expected to undergo considerable changes.