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Monfort to Columbia

Maxime Monfort is leaving Cofidis for Team Columbia. The Belgian rider has signed a two-year contract with the American team, according to his website,

The 25-year-old still had time left on his contract with the French team, but he has "been freed from his obligations to Cofidis," he said,

Monfort turned pro with Landbouwkrediet in 2004 and changed to Cofidis in 2006. This year he finished fourth in the Critérium International, fifth in the Vuelta Ciclista al Pais Vasco, and ninth in the Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré. He was also 23rd overall in the Tour de France.(SW)

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