After taking the a surprise win in the Trophée des Grimpeurs, French rider David Le Lay (Bretagne - Armor-Lux) has gotten the call-up to the big leagues. The 28-year-old will join the Agritubel squad for six months starting on June 30, and will race the Tour de France.
Le Lay has shown himself to be a bit of a late bloomer, winning this year's Tour du Finistère and taking the lead in the Coupe de France with his win this month. He is the son of Gilbert Le Lay, who wore the polka dot jersey while riding the Tour de France for Fiat in the 1970's, and is a strong climber.
Le Lay will join Romain Feillu, who will return to competition with the Agritubel squad after a long recuperation from toxoplasmosis. After a sensational 2007 season which included wins in the Tour of Britain, Paris-Bourges and Tour of Luxembourg, Feillu fell ill and was unable to start the season. He will have his first race of the year at the Tour de Picardie (16-18 May).