The Bouygues Telecom team had good news to announce during its team presentation in Paris on Thursday. The team's sponsor agreed to a two year extension of its sponsorship with the cycling team of Jean-Rene Bernaudeau, giving the team support through the end of the 2010 season.
"Two years is a suitable period for sponsorship and contractual relationships to recruit riders," said Bouygues Telecom deputy director Emmanuel Forest to AFP.
The telecommunications company has supported the ProTour team since it joined those ranks in 2004.
Bernaudeau looked forward to more gallant exploits such as Thomas Voeckler's victory in the GP Ouest-France at Plouay for 2008. "I want my team to be fighting, to have nerve," said Bernaudeau, emphasizing the integrity of his team. "The victory at Plouay is a reflection of what we have always believed. It is more a question of mentality than chemicals."
The team brought up four neo-pros to its ranks from the Vendée U team, Damien Gaudin, Perrig Quemeneur, Evegeny Sokolov, and Sébastien Turgot, as well as recruiting Russian Iouri Trofimov from the Moscow Stars.
Didier Rous, who retired, will act as team director along with Dominique Arnould, Christian Guiberteau, Ismael Mottier, Philippe Mauduit, and Benoît Genauzeau.
The full Bouygues Telecom roster can be found on the Cyclingnews teams database.