Another Discovery Channel rider, Fumiyuki Beppu, has found a new team. The Japanese rider will join Dutch squad Skil-Shimano for the 2008 season. Beppu, one of the strongest Japanese riders, is an all-around cyclist who will predominantly ride the Euro Tour. He started out with French amateur squad Velo Club La Pomme Marseille, where he spent several years, before joining Discovery Channel in 2005.
Beppu is a strong climber. He has won the national road race and time trial in 2006. He had a good season this year as well, and came close to a win on stage three of the Tour de Romandie.
One of his goals for 2008 are the upcoming Olympics in Beijing. He is happy to have found this team, saying that "Skil-Shimano is a team with an ambitious atmosphere and I think I will develop to a higher level here."