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Ukraine to get first pro team

Ukraine may get its first professional cycling team in 2007. The ISD Sport-Donetsk team is applying for UCI Continental status, and is planning to take part in international events in Russia, Poland, France, Italy, England, the USA, and Australia, in addition to Ukranian national events if it is granted professional status.

The team is mostly comprised of riders with backgrounds in track racing who will be branching out to road next season. Volodymyr Rybin, World Champion in the points race and silver medallist in the 2006 madison, will be joined by Maxim Polishuk, Alexandr Polivoda, Denis Kostyuk, Yuriy Agarkov, Sergiy Minashkin, and Rostyslav Mykhaylov, who rode for the Ukranian National team this season. Coaches Mykola Myrza and Sergiy Stepanenko will lead the team.

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Laura Weislo has been with Cyclingnews since 2006 after making a switch from a career in science. As Deputy Editor, she coordinates coverage for North American events and global news. A former elite-level road racer who dabbled in cyclo-cross and track, Laura has a passion for all three disciplines. When not working she likes to go camping and explore lesser traveled roads, paths and gravel tracks.