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Vuelta News forSeptember 3, 2003

Edited by John Stevenson

No replacement for Domina Vacanze

Vuelta a España organisers Unipublic have confirmed the exclusion of Mario Cipollini's Domina Vacanze team from the Spanish national tour because of the absence of Cipo himself from the team, and added that the race will simply be reduced to 21 teams instead of 22.

Pointing out that "it's Cipollini who has left them in the stockade," Unipublic director general Enrique Franco reiterated that Domina Vacanze's participation had been conditional on Cipollini's attendence. "Domina asked to take part in the Vuelta and we said that they could do so as long as Cipollini came. We only had room for 22 teams and we had to exclude others so that they could come," Franco told the Europa Press.

Saeco for the Vuelta

The Saeco team has announced the line-up that will roll into the start-house in Gijon or the 30km time trial that starts this year's Vuelta a Espaņa.

Saeco team manager Claudio Corti describes the squad as "a young team but [one] from which we expect a good performance both as a presence in the race and if possible with results. There are several experienced riders in the line-up such as Igor Astarloa and Ivan Quaranta who can definitely show themselves."

The riders are: Igor Astarloa, Giosuč Bonomi, Antonio Bucciero, Juan Fuentes, Nicola Gavazzi, Gerrit Glomser, Cristian Pepoli, Igor Pugaci and Ivan Quaranta. The team will be directed by Flavio Miozzo and Bruno Vicino.

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