Dominique Cornu has signed a one-year contract with Skil-Shimano for the 2010 season, with the option of renewal for a further year, the team announced on Monday. The 24-year-old Belgian, the 2006 U23 world time trial champion, is looking to re-ignite his career with the Dutch Pro Continental team.
"I carefully weighed my yes to Skil-Shimano," said Cornu. "I believe in the ambitions and the modern philosophy of this international team. In particular, I have high expectations of the intensive way riders are given guidance in various areas throughout the whole year. I want to use this guidance and meticulous support to improve further and take the next step. Then it’s down to me to deliver the goods."
In addition to his 2006 U23 time trial world championship, Cornu won the Belgian time trial championship and finished third in the European Championships in the same category. The Beveren-born cyclist also placed fourth in the 2004 U23 Liege-Bastogne-Liege and seventh in the 2007 U23 Ronde van Vlaanderen
In the elite category, Cornu won a stage of the Giro del Capo in 2008 while riding for Predictor-Lotto. Additional achievements last year were 46th overall in the Vuelta a España and third in the Belgian time trial championship.
Cornu signed with Quick Step for the 2009 season and recently finished 14th in the time trial world championship held in Mendrisio, Switzerland. Cornu also finished third in the Belgian time trial championship, eighth overall in the Tour of Missouri and fifth in the Omloop Mandel-Leie-Schelde. In March, Cornu claimed the bronze medal in the individual pursuit at the track world championships held in Pruszkow, Poland.
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