By Susan Westemeyer
Team Cycle Collstrop has celebrated receiving its Professional Continental license by signing Steffen Wesemann and David Kopp, increasing its chances of wild-card invitations to the Spring Classics.
Team manager Hilaire Van der Schueren said that he hopes to sign additional "big names".
Swiss citizen Wesemann, who finished third in last year's Paris-Roubaix, rode for the now-defunct Team Wiesenhof-Felt in 2007 and had signed with Team Pedaltech-Cyclingnews for this season.
The British team received only a Professional license, and had to allow him to seek a new team. Kopp was with Team Gerolsteiner in 2007, and had been in negotiations with Pedaltech for 2008.