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Skil-Shimano chasing Dutch talent

Skil-Shimano has three talented Dutch riders in its sights for the 2009 season. The number two Dutch squad, behind Rabobank, has been in touch with Marc de Maar (24), Koen de Kort (25) and Tom Stamsnijder (23). All three rider's contracts with their respective employers, Rabobank, Astana and Gerolsteiner, end at the conclusion of the 2008 season.

Skil-Shimano currently has three Japanese, two Chinese and 13 European riders on its roster. With the addition of the three Dutch riders the team would have a complete roster for next season, unless another spot becomes available.

(Additional editorial assistance provided by Susan Westemeyer.)