The Kelly Benefit Strategies/Medifast team is putting an end to its 2008 season this weekend at the Criterium de Levallois, just outside Paris on October 19. It will be the team's second French outing this year, after the Tour des Pyrenees in August, where the team took second.
"Returning to France is a perfect way to close out a very successful, busy season," said Jonas Carney, performance director, Kelly Benefit Strategies/Medifast. "We had a great first trip this summer at the Tour des Pyrenees coming first in the overall points classification and we're hoping to bring a similar success home this time. It's a fantastic race and a strong international field."
Four of the team's riders will race 108km: Reid Mumford, Jonny Sundt, Jake Keogh and David Veilleux, winner of the Tour of Pennsylvania, the Tour of Elk Grove and the Kelly Cup this season
"Europe is a big target in our cross hairs for 2009," said Carney. "We've progressed as a program to the point where we will, of course, continue to compete in the top domestic races, but to really develop and build our team, we will want to go head to head with the international programs. It's the best way to take our program to the next level."