Konica Minolta make fresh start

African Continental team Konica Minolta will start the 2007 with a clean slate after announcing its men's line-up for next year which only retains two riders from this season and the addition of a women's program to its portfolio. Herman Fouche and Travis Allen will be the only riders retained in the new, all South African line-up.

Dual South African national champion Tiaan Kannemeyer will leave Barloworld, after three seasons with the team, to join the outfit next season. Kannemeyer brings with him a wealth of experience having won in '03 Tour of Egypt, and the '05 Pick 'n Pay Giro del Capo. Also leaving Barloworld behind for Konica Minolta is South African cycling stalwart Jock Green.

Other riders included in the line-up are Jay Thompson, Dennis Van Niekerk, Christoff Van Heerden.

Meanwhile, the newly announced women's program will be spearheaded by Yolandi du Toit, the reigning African Continental Champion. Toit will be joined by Cherise Taylor and Arien Torsius in the program for 2007.

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