Tuesday, Nicolas Vogondy signed a year contract to ride with the French Pro Continental team Agritubel. The 29 year-old Frenchman, who turned pro in 1997 with Française Des Jeux, will make the leap from Crédit Agricole where he has ridden for the 2005 and 2006 seasons.
"I have to say that this is good for me," said the 2002 French champion regarding signing for Agritubel. "Usually, when you say 'no' once to a team that is it, the fact that they gave me a second offer convinced me that I was really wanted. This is not a ProTour team but it will be in all the big French races, including the Tour de France.
"It suites me well," continued Vogondy, who adds to the other nine new signings, including Nicholas Jalabert, which Cyclingnews reported on last week. "Now I will enjoy my vacation, without being stressed, before resuming training on November 20th."
2007 roaster: Linas Balciunas, Aivaras Baranauskas, Emilien-Benoît Berges, Freddy Bichot, Manuel Calvente, Cédric Coutouly, Hans Dekkers, Moisés Dueñas, Romain Feillu, Mikel Gaztañaga Echeverria, Eduardo Gonzalo, Cédric Hervé, Nicolas Jalabert, José Alberto Martínez, Juan Miguel Mercado, Samuel Plouhinec, Freddy Ravaleu, Anthony Ravard, Denis Robin, Benoît Salmon, Benoît Sinner and Nicolas Vogondy