Paolo Bettini in possible link with Alonso team

Paolo Bettini, Track World Championships 2013, day 2 morning

Paolo Bettini's contract as Italian coach expires at the year, which leaves him open for a spot on Fernando Alonso's team. Italian media, despite the team's strong performance, indicate Bettini could be on the move.

Alonso failed to rescue Euskaltel but said he wants to begin a team in 2015. Perhaps in preparation, he visited the Florence Worlds, spoke with Bettini on the team's bus and stopped by the Mapei training centre in Varese.

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.