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Clerc latest addition to AG2R La Mondiale

French team AG2R La Mondiale has completed its 2009 team roster by adding one more rider - Switzerland's Aurélien Clerc. The 29-year-old Classics specialist, who signed a one-year contract, will be the squad's seventh newcomer for next season. Clerc achieved a second placing in Gent-Wevelgem this year.

The team, directed by Vincent Lavenu, will thus count 30 riders in 2009. Along with Clerc, Lavenu secured the services of Nicolas Roche, Alexander Efimkin, Sébastien Hinault, Guillaume Bonnafond, Blel Kadri and Gatis Smukulis. Leaving the team are: Sylvain Calzati, Philip Deignan, Jean-Patrick Nazon, Stijn Vandenbergh, Christophe Edaleine, Laurent Mangel and Alexandre Usov.

The complete AG2R La Mondiale roster will meet for the traditional team camp in Temple-sur-Lot, France, from December 9-18.

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Laura Weislo has been with Cyclingnews since 2006 after making a switch from a career in science. As Deputy Editor, she coordinates coverage for North American events and global news. A former elite-level road racer who dabbled in cyclo-cross and track, Laura has a passion for all three disciplines. When not working she likes to go camping and explore lesser traveled roads, paths and gravel tracks.