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Silence-Lotto, Bouygues for Down Under

Two more teams have announced their line-ups for the Tour Down Under, scheduled to be held from January 18-25 next year. Belgian Silence-Lotto is sending Australian national road champion Matthew Lloyd and French BBox Bouygues Telecom is taking an all-French team to the race.

Lloyd will be joined by Mario Aerts, who in 2007 rode all three Grand Tours. "Mario is a consummate professional in the peloton, having achieved some major cycling milestones in his career," said race director Mike Turtur.

The Silence-Lotto team will be composed of Aerts, Glenn D'Hollander, Pieter Jacobs, Olivier Kaisen, Jonas Ljungblad, Lloyd and Tom Stubbe.

The French team will send an experienced squad to Australia, "with riders having performed well at the 2008 Tour de France and 2008 Vuelta a España", according to Turtur.

BBox Bouygues will feature Matthieu Sprick, Mathieu Claude, Vincent Jerome, Laurent Lefèvre, Rony Martias, Alexandre Pichot and Perrig Quemeneur.