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The Vacansoleil team announced the completion of its 2010 roster on Tuesday, naming Dutchmen Wouter Mol and Rob Ruijgh and Belgian Gorik Gardeyn as the final signings.
Mol will continue with the team after showing himself as a solid domestique and a second place at the Münsterland Giro. The 22-year-old Ruijgh was a trainee for Vacansoleil from August 1st and earned a one-year contract.
Gardeyn is one of three Belgians on the team, and comes from the Silence-Lotto team after an unlucky two seasons. His best results came in 2007 while part of the Unibet.com squad, where he scored his last win, a stage of the Tour of Belgium.
Sport director Hilaire Van Der Schueren is enthusiastic about the 2010 squad. “We will be stronger in 2010. The 2009 season is a fairytale and we have to work hard to do better next year but I think we can. A lot of riders stayed with the team and I love to work with riders for a while, all of them have space to grow.”
Team manager Daan Luijkx is also happy with the team. “The 2010 team has a lot of quality and is well balanced. Thanks to that balance we should be able to be compatible in two races at the same time. I am also very happy with the fact most of the riders who have to leave the team found a new squad."
The Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team in 2010: Borut Bozic (Slovenia), Sergey Lagutin (Uzbekistan), Gorik Gardeyn, Björn Leukemans, Frederik Veuchelen (Belgium), Alberto Ongarato, Matteo Carrara, Marco Marcato (Italy), Martin Mortensen (Denmark), Brice Feillu, Romain Feillu, Stephané Rossetto (France), Michal Golas (Poland), Rob Ruijgh, Joost van Leijen, Wouter Mol, Arnoud van Groen, Bobbie Traksel, Johnny Hoogerland, Lieuwe Westra, Jens Mouris, Matthé Pronk and Wout Poels (The Netherlands).
Departures: Wim De Vocht (Milram), Gerben Löwik (Omega Pharma-Lotto), Reinier Honig (Acqua & Sapone), Thijs van Amerongen (unknown), Aart Vierhouten (retired) and Baden Cooke (Saxo Bank).
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