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Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Here's the Discovery Channel Press Release about the new signings from PJ Rabice:



Discovery Channel Team Looks Ahead to 2007

Team Signs Three New Riders

Less than 48 hours after the completion of the 2006 Tour de France, Discovery Channel Team management announced the signing of three new riders to the 2007 roster. Levi Leipheimer, Sergio Paulinho and Thomas Vaitkus will all be wearing Discovery Channel Team racing kits next season. The signing comes on the heels of a Tour de France in which the Team did not claim overall victory but did wear the yellow jersey and claim a stage win.

Levi Leipheimer will join fellow North Americans George Hincapie, Tom Danielson, Michael Barry and Jason McCartney as he returns to the Discovery Channel Team. Leipheimer stated, “I’m very excited about returning to the Discovery Channel Team, its family of sponsors and working with Johan Bruyneel once again. This team has a long history of success and I plan to work hard to continue their winning ways in 2007.”

On hearing the news, Billy Campbell, President, Discovery Networks, U.S. said, “I’m very happy with these new additions to the Discovery Channel Team and I am confident that Johan Bruyneel will lead this team back to the top step at the Tour de France. As the team continues to race in the post-Lance era and grow cycling in America, we are very excited to see riders like Levi Leipheimer coming back to our program.”

Discovery’s other additions; Portugal's Sergio Paulinho and Lithuania’s Tomas Vaitkus arrive from the former Wurth and AG2R teams respectively. Team Sports Director Johan Bruyneel has high expectations for his new riders stating, “All three of these riders have proven themselves in the Pro Tour ranks and I expect them to fit well into our team. Each of them brings different strengths and I am excited about having them ride for Discovery Channel in 2007.”

All three additions come to the team with impressive results. Leipheimer has had a successful 2006 campaign claiming overall victory at the Dauphine Libere stage race, winning the king of the mountains jersey at the Tour of California, finishing 2nd on the difficult Tour de France mountain top finish to Pla-de-Beret and riding into Paris 13th overall. Sergio Paulinho won the silver medal in the 2004 Olympics while Tomas Vaitkus won a stage in the 2006 Giro d’Italia.

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