By Jean-François Quénet in Carcassonne The typically French Française des Jeux team no has a long...
By Jean-FranÃ§ois QuÃ©net in Carcassonne
The typically French FranÃ§aise des Jeux team no has a long history of English speaking riders from various countries like the US (Chris Horner), Great-Britain (Max Sciandri and Bradley Wiggins), Australia (Brad McGee, Baden Cooke, Matt Wilson, Mark Renshaw) and South Africa (Ian McLeod). New Zealand was missing on the list. But a Kiwi will line up soon with the four-leaf clover white jersey: Tim Gudsell, 22, from the national track team, will be a stagiaire from August 1st on and his first pro race will be Paris-CorrÃ¨ze (Aug. 2-3).
Gudsell caught the attention of Yvon Madiot â Marc's brother â when he won the U23 Tour du Haut-Anjou in early April under the colours of his French club VS Albi, where he pairs with the up and coming sprinter StÃ©phane PoulhiÃ¨s. PoulhiÃ¨s will start his own pro career with AG2R, also on August 1st.
"I'm delighted to be given a chance," Gudsell said, while riding the Tour des Deux-SÃ¨vres in west of France. "I'll do my best to get a pro contract after that. My 2006 season almost started in October last year because of the track commitments, but fortunately I've had a nice break with a couple of other New Zealanders in June. I'm fresh and motivated for what's coming up now."