Les Pruneaux d'Agen presented

The UCI women's trade team Les Pruneaux d'Agen presented its 2006 lineup this past weekend in the southern french town of Castillones, home of Jean Théodore Joyeux, who inspired the creation of the Tour de France by his solo record in 1895 of 5,500 kilometres around the perimeter of France in 19 days. He rode an average of 290 km per day on a single speed bike weighing around 23 kilos (50 pounds).

Les Pruneaux d'Agen will be lead by Alexandra Le Henaff and Elisabeth Chevanne Brunel of France and Tamara Boyd and Toni Bradshaw of New Zealand. Le Henaff was a very close second to Magali Le Floc'h (now with T-Mobile) in the 2005 French Cup series, and should have been on the podium of the Tour of Flanders except for an error by a commissaire misdirecting her breakaway group only 400 meters from the finish. Chevanne Brunel, a former world junior champion who finished 9th in the Tour of Flanders, is highly motivated for the season's first category stage races.

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