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Mulder becomes first non-Frenchman on Cofidis track team

The Netherland's Teun Mulder competes in the men's 200m time tria

The Netherland's Teun Mulder competes in the men's 200m time tria (Image credit: AFP Photo)

Cofidis has hired the first non-French rider in the track team's history, Dutch sprinter Teun Mulder. The 28-year-old from Zuuk has been keirin world champion (2005) and kilometre world champion (2008) during his career with the Dutch national team.

Mulder was recruited by the team's director Arnaud Tournant, who moved into the position after retiring as a racer last year, and is due to make his debut with the team at the Manchester World Cup at the end of October.

The acquisition offsets the team's loss of sprinter Mickaël Bourgain, the reigning world sprint champion and a bronze medalist in the Beijing Olympic Games. His contract was not renewed.

Extending their contracts with the team were Kevin Sireau, Francois Pervis and Quentin Lafargue, the 2008 junior world champion in the sprint, kilometre and team sprint.

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