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Saur-Sojasun presented in Paris

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The 2010 Saur-Sojasun team

The 2010 Saur-Sojasun team
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Jimmy Casper

Jimmy Casper
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Jerome Coppel

Jerome Coppel
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Cedric Coutouly

Cedric Coutouly
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Anthony Delaplace

Anthony Delaplace
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Jimmy Engoulvent

Jimmy Engoulvent
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Jeremie Galland

Jeremie Galland
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Jonathan Hivert

Jonathan Hivert
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Fabrice Jeandesboz

Fabrice Jeandesboz
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Sebastien Joly

Sebastien Joly
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Cyril Lemoine

Cyril Lemoine
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Guillaume Levarlet

Guillaume Levarlet
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Laurent Mangel

Laurent Mangel
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Jean-Marc Marino

Jean-Marc Marino
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Ronny Martias

Ronny Martias
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Romain Matheou

Romain Matheou
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Stephane Poulhies

Stephane Poulhies
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Julien Simon

Julien Simon
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Yannick Talabardon

Yannick Talabardon
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French manager of the Saur-Sojasun cycling team, Stephane Heulot

French manager of the Saur-Sojasun cycling team, Stephane Heulot
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The Saur Sojasun Gitane TT bike.

The Saur Sojasun Gitane TT bike.
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Teh team's sleek new Gitane road bike.

Teh team's sleek new Gitane road bike.
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Jerome Coppel gives a wave.

Jerome Coppel gives a wave.
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Guillame Levarlet greets the crowd.

Guillame Levarlet greets the crowd.
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The 2010 Saur Sojasun team lines up.

The 2010 Saur Sojasun team lines up.
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Jimmy Casper, Sebastian Joly and Jonathan Hivert

Jimmy Casper, Sebastian Joly and Jonathan Hivert
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Stephane Heulot gets a gift.

Stephane Heulot gets a gift.
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Jimmy Engoulvent shows off the team's new equipment.

Jimmy Engoulvent shows off the team's new equipment.
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The French Saur-Sojasun team presented its 2010 line-up in Paris on Tuesday, choosing the Eiffel Tower as the site for its first step into the sport's second tier.

Manager Stephane Heulot voiced the all-French team's goal: to become players in the big races, and the man to lead that charge is Jimmy Casper.

For stage races, he will look to Jonathan Hivert, Jerome Coppel and Sebastien Joly (three new recruits), while sprinter Jimmy Casper will lead the team for stage wins and in one-day races. Casper was the winner of the Coupe de France series and was the third-ranked rider in the UCI's European Tour last year, having won 10 races over the course of the season.

With a sprint train bolstered by Cyril Lemoine, Stéphane Poulhiès and Rony Martias who will add reinforcements for Casper's main lead-out man, Jimmy Engoulvent, Heulot thinks that Casper, who at 31 has had 11 seasons in the sport's top tier, can take on the biggest sprinters in the ProTour.

Heulot aspires to gain selection in the Tour de France now that the team has been granted a Professional Continental license, up from the third tier last year. In order to competed against former ProTour teams Bbox Bouygues Telecom and Cofidis, Heulot knows the team must make its mark in the early season to gain the attention of the Tour organisers.

The team will take on the Tour of Qatar and the Tour of Oman in February to dial in the train.

2010 Saur-Sojasun team

Cyril Bessy
Jimmy Casper
Jérôme Coppel
Cédric Coutouly
Anthony Delaplace
Jimmy Engoulvent
Jérémie Galland
Jonathan Hivert
Fabrice Jeandesboz
Sébastien Joly
Cyril Lemoine
Guillaume Levarlet
Laurent Mangel
Jean-Marc Marino
Rony Martias
Romain Mathéou
Stéphane Poulhiès
Julien Simon
Yannick Talabardon

General Manager: Stéphane Heulot

Directeurs sportifs: Nicolas Guillé, Lylian Lebreton.