Dutchman Leon van Bon will ride for the Trek - Marco Polo Cycling Team in 2008, stepping out of the ProTour ranks after leaving the Rabobank team to lead the team of up and coming riders in the Asian UCI circuit.
Van Bon, a former medalist at Olympic Games (silver points race, Barcelona) and World Championships (bronze, San Sebastian), has won two stages of the Tour de France and one in the Vuelta a España.
Van Bon will provide valuable experience for promising talents such as Sergey Kudentsov, winner of a stage of this year's Tour of Korea, and climber Jai Crawford. Van Bon is the second rider on the team that comes directly from the Pro Tour ranks, after Fuyu Li of China, who rode for the Discovery Channel Pro Tour team in 2007.
Van Bon is happy to have found a good way to end his career in cycling. "The Trek - Marco Polo Team allows me to combine teaching the younger Asian riders, have the challenge of a racing circuit that is new to me and find new experiences in my life."
The complete Trek - Marco Polo Cycling roster: Fuyu Li (Chn), Xing Yandong (Chn), Liu Yilin (Chn), Yu Tong (Chn), Ken Onodera (Jpn), Yu Takenouchi (Jpn), Loh Sea Keong (Mas), Sergey Kudentsov (Rus), Jai Crawford (Aus), Leon van Bon (Ned)