Mathieu Criquielion joined the Belgian Continental Veranda Willems, the team announced from its French Riviera training camp. He is the son of 1984 World Champion Claude Criquielion.
Belgian Criquielion, 27, will strengthen the team, directeur sportif Lucien Van Impe said to belga. He turned professional in 2005 with Landbouwkrediet, where his father was team manager, before riding for Jartazi in 2007 and 2008.
The team opens its season this Sunday at the GP Marseillaise, followed by the Etoile de Bessèges, February 4 to 8. (SW)
(Additional editorial assistance by Susan Westemeyer.)