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Bouygues Telecom to Paris-Nice without Voeckler

Race leader Meiyin Wang (Hengxiang Cycling Team)

Race leader Meiyin Wang (Hengxiang Cycling Team) (Image credit: Luca Bettini)

French Team Bouygues Telecom will not field Thomas Voeckler in its team for the Paris-Nice, starting this Sunday in Amilly, according to L'Equipe. The 28 year-old Frenchman, winner of the 2007 GP Plouay, is suffering from bronchitis relating from his participation in the Tour of California last month.

Russian Iouri Trofimov, recent winner of Etoile de Bessèges, and Frenchmen Jérôme Pineau and Pierrick Fédrigo will lead the team in Paris-Nice, joined by Anthony Geslin, Matthieu Sprick, Stef Clement, Xavier Florencio and Johann Tschopp. Voeckler will make his return in the Volta ao Distrito de Santarém, starting March 13.