Française Des Jeux signs Belarusian

French team Française des Jeux has closed its transfer season by signing the last man to the squad, which will count 28 riders next season. Belarusian Yauheni Hutarovich got the lucky slot and moved up from local club Roubaix-Lille Metropole to the ProTour. The 23 year-old won a stage in the Tour du Poitou-Charentes in August this year.

"We needed another sprinter and he was vividly recommended to us by [famous former directeur sportif] Cyrille Guimard," explained team manager Marc Madiot to L'Equipe on Thursday. "I'm happy, as we have been able to recruit the roster we wanted: young talents as well as experienced riders."

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