- Astana will ride with two more for 2010 as Australian brothers Scott and Allan Davis are set to join the team, the squad reported Wednesday.
Allan Davis, 29, rode for Quick Step in 2009, but was dropped by the Belgian outfit to allow him to join the team of Tour de France winner Alberto Contador.
Allan, the younger of the Davis brothers, is a solid sprinter, capable of winning stages and one-day races, including second in the 2007 Milan-San Remo.
Davis’s once promising career sputtered when he was originally linked to the Operación Puerto doping scandal as part of the now-defunct Liberty Seguros team in 2006. He was later cleared of all charges following an investigation by the Australian cycling federation.
In 2009, he won the Tour Down Under and finished fourth in both Milan-San Remo and the Vattenfall Cyclassics.
Joining him to the move to Astana is older brother, Scott, now 30. He’s ridden for such teams as T-Mobile and Panaria, and raced 2009 for the Australia-based Fly V Australia.
Other new riders set to join Astana include Óscar Pereiro, David de la Fuente, Paolo Tiralongo, Enrico Gasparotto, Alexandre Vinokourov, Andriy Grivko, Gorazd Stangelj, Giampaolo Caruso, Dmitry Fofonov, Maxim Gourov, Josep Jufré, Valentin Iglinskiy and Mirko Salvaggi.
Quick Step, meanwhile, revealed it has signed with promising German talent Adreas Stauff for a two-year contract.
Stauff, 22, won a stage and the points jersey at this year’s Tour de l’Avenir.