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AXA becomes Syntec-Ubbink

The Dutch AXA team, managed by Ton Welling, will be known as Syntec-Ubbink next season following a complete change of sponsors. AXA (bike accessories) is stopping after nine years while building related firms Syntec and Ubbink have signed on for one season, with the option of continuing for two more.

There will be five new riders in the team in 2006, including Marvin van der Pluym, Fulco van Gulik, trackies Robert Slippens and Danny Stam, and Paul van Schalen, winner of Veenendaal-Veenendaal this year.

The full team is: Bram Aalders, Arthur Farenhout, Fulco van Gulik, Folkert de Haan, Jos Lucassen, Jens Mouris, Paul van Schalen, Peter Schep, Robert Slippens, Kevin Sluimer, Dennis Smit, Danny Stam and Niki Terpstra (all Ned).

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