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Willett to direct United Pro

Kirk Willett, a former professional cyclist and well-known US team director, has been appointed as director of the Toyota-United Pro Cycling Team. Willett, who fills the slot left open after former director Frankie Andreu was fired, will join Harm Jansen on the frontlines to handle team logistics, day-to-day operations, race strategy, and overall management of team personnel.

Willett, who retired from racing in 2000, rode for the Mercury professional team before moving on to a director's position with the Prime Alliance cycling team, where he led the team for three seasons.

“Kirk is a natural competitor,” said team owner Sean Tucker. “He brings global experience, managerial and tactical skill, plus a core competence in sports science to our team. His in-depth knowledge of the sport, his ability to motivate and direct comprehensive racing operations make him a fantastic asset to Toyota-United. We are pleased to have him on board.”

Willett will have to balance his role of team director with his education - he plans to graduate from medical school in 2011.

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