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Schär to Phonak

Young Swiss rider Michael Schär, the current U23 national time trial champion, will ride for Phonak from August 1 until the end of 2008, the team reported. "Switching to the pros and also riding for the only Swiss pro team is a dream come true for me," said the soon-to-be 20 year old.

Schär's results this year also include a fifth place at the U23 European championships, 4th at this year's U23 Paris-Roubaix and 10th at the U23 Tour of Flanders. He is considered one of the most promising young Swiss cycling talents.

Phonak's new recruit comes from a cycling family. Michael Schär is the son of former pro Roland Schär, who now manages a bike shop in Geuensee.