Chris Sutton to Cofidis
Cofidis have made their final signing of the season and “young gun” Australian Chris Sutton is the 30th and final piece of the Cofidis jigsaw for 2006.
Chris Sutton, has had an excellent 2005 season riding for the AIS Mapei Aqua Australia Team scoring a great victory in one of the biggest Under 23 races in Italy the GP Liberazione.
Previous winners include Gianni Bugno in 1985 and Dimitri Konyshev some years later, and podium place getters including Mario Cipollini (runner-up in 1988) and Francesco Moser.
A 6 kilometre Circuit is raced over 23 laps and, after good team work, Sutton attacked with 2 kilometres to go on to take an impressive win.
Sutton continued to impress with another fine victory in the Coppa G Romita. “ SUTTON IN ORBITA” declared the Italian Cycling Federation after Chris had attacked with 10 kilometres to go, had been caught with 5 kilometres to go, yet still had the legs to win a 30 man bunch sprint , ahead of riders such as Alexander Efimkin and Daniele Callegarin who was the victor in Milano-Rapallo, and the Gran Premio Ezio Del Rosso.
However Chris Sutton was not the first Australian to win this event, that honour belongs to a cyclist who ranks alongside Marcus Velo for the most apt name, Alan Spokes, who won the race in 1974.
In addition to these fine wins in Europe Sutton also won the U23 Australian Road Race Championships and demonstrated his ability on the track with Gold at the Australian Madison Championships (with Pascoe) .
Staying with the team
Stéphane Augé, Leonardo Bertagnolli , Frédéric Bessy, Jimmy Casper, Sylvain Chavanel, Arnaud Coyot, ,Hervé Duclos Lassalle , Bingen Fernandez Bustinza, Nicolas Inaudi, Thierry Marichal , Amaël Moinard, David Moncoutié , Damien Monier, Luis Perez Rodriguez , Nicolas Roche, Staf Scheirlinckx .
: Daniel Atienza (ESP), Christophe Edaleine, Jimmy Engoulvent and Cédric Vasseur (FRA), Peter Farazijn (BEL), Dmitri Fofonov (KZK), Jans Koerts (PBS), Stuart O'Grady and Matthew White (AUS), Janek Tombak (EST), Guido Trentin (ITA)
Arriving : Leonardo Duque and Ivan Parra (COL), Michiel Elijzen and Mathieu Heijboer (PBS), Tyler Farrar (USA), Geoffroy Lequatre, Sébastien Minard, Fabien Sanchez and Tristan Valentin (FRA), Maxime Monfort and Rik Verbrugghe (BEL), Cristian Moreni (ITA), Chris Sutton (AUS), Bradley Wiggins (GBR).