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Lacombe to head Planet Energy squad for Missouri

By:
Cycling News
Published:
September 05, 2009, 18:38 BST,
Updated:
September 05, 2009, 22:48 BST
Edition:
First Edition Cycling News, Saturday, September 5, 2009
Race:
Tour of Missouri, Stage 1
Keven Lacombe

Keven Lacombe

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Canadian team steps up a level

The Canadian team Planet Energy will step up its level of competition by going up against some of the world's top teams in the Tour of Missouri, which begins Monday.

The team will be headed by sprinter Keven Lacombe, winner of the recent Christ Thater Memorial Criterium. He also placed sixth in the Philadelphia International Championship in the bunch sprint. He'll be looking to improve upon a third place finish on a stage of Missouri he obtained while riding for the Kelly Benefit Strategies team.

Supporting Lacombe for the sprints will be Olympian Martin Gilbert and Canadian Champion and trainee Guillaume Boivin. The young Boivin will have a chance to show his talents before heading to the World Cycling Championships in Mendriso, Switzerland.

François Parisien and Ryan Roth have raced consistently for the team all year and will be Planet Energy’s best GC riders. Andrew Randell, Bruno Langlois and Charly Vives round out the roster. Randell has raced the first two editions of the Tour of Missourit and finished 8th the first year. He will be able to provide experience and leadership for the group.

Directing the team will be former pro cyclist and Olympian Steve Bauer. “In only two years we have come along well with this team. There is a lot of work to do as we evolve into the future, but we are confident in our abilities to become stronger and be competitive at the highest level. We are very excited about the opportunity to race at the Tour of Missouri against the best teams in the world.” said Bauer.

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