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Bobbie Traksel is the latest rider from the troubled Pegasus Sports program to find a new ride for the 2011 season in the wake of the Australian team’s rejection of ProTour and Pro-Continental licenses.
The Dutchman, a winner of last year’s Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne, penned a deal to join the Belgian pro-continental Landbouwkrediet-Colnago team for this season.
“For me there was only one and that was to have a team to race for the 2011 season,” Traksel said on the team’s web site. “Pegasus continues and my salary was guaranteed, but there would remain a bit of uncertainty about my racing program.”
Traksel, who raced the past two seasons with Vacansoleil, said the move was easy to make because he and the Belgian outfit were already in negotiations when he decided to sign with the Pegasus project for 2011.
Pegasus lost a major financial backer in early October that threw its plans to create Australia’s first major team into turmoil. Pegasus plans to forge ahead this season, racing with a continental license which will likely be announced early next month, but a handful of riders have taken the chance to land other contracts for 2011 that will assure them entrée into Europe’s most important races.
Among those who have signed with new teams include Svein Tuft (SpiderTech), Robbie McEwen and Robbie Hunter (RadioShack).