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Kemna to direct Skil-Shimano

The recently retired Rudie Kemna will continue with his current team in the capacity of a sports director next season. The 38 year-old Kemna has reached an agreement with the Skil-Shimano team to act as a director, together with Piet Hoekstra and Hisafumi Imanishi. "Becoming a sports director means the start of a new career, and I definitely want to prove myself in this professional as well," said Kemna. "I consider it a big challenge to work with the riders on an individual basis to improve their level and make the selection of riders function as a united and successful team at the same time."

Kemna will officially debut as DS in 2006, but his job starts already as he is closely involved in the selection of riders for the coming season.