One of France's top riders last season, Thomas Voeckler, has been elected "Ambassador of Alsatian Sport" by l'Alsace newspaper. Voeckler, who last year rode for Brioches la Boulangère, said that despite his association with Martinique, he feels Alsatian. "This makes me happy, especially after everything I have done this summer. I am Alsatian by origin, I lived there seven years, I feel Alsatian. As long as I have all my family here, I feel at home."