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Big News!

Well, it’s no secret that this year has been very rewarding. Maybe that’s even an understatement! But I have some new news to share with you … Actually, it’s the greatest news of the year … And that being said, I think this calls for a new paragraph ....

The Bruyneel family of three will become FOUR in early 2009, right around the Tour of Flanders!! Eva and I couldn’t be prouder to have the opportunity to become parents for the second time and we are anxiously awaiting the arrival of our little one. And of course Victoria is too. Already preparing to be a big sister - touching mommy’s stomach and talking to the baby. So the busy year of 2009 just got a little busier, but this is certainly the busy we all like!

In other news, we are getting ready for our upcoming training camp in Tenerife. I am very excited that 99% of the team will be there. I think we will only be missing one mechanic and one soigneur, but all the riders will be there, including the neo-pro Kazakhs. It’s most important for these new riders to adapt to the ProTour life and the way we go about doing things. Personally, the December camp is one of my favorite times of the year. It’s so rare to have all the riders together that we really try to get a lot accomplished ... And I don’t necessarily mean only on the bike! The time off the bike may even be more important during this camp. This is where the team starts coming together, bonding and putting team and individual goals down on paper and then setting a plan to accomplish them. We’ll also have some group activities, sponsor meetings and of course media days – all standard. It’s hard to believe that a great 2008 is coming to an end, but 2009 is already filled with excitement and I truly hope you will continue to support us next year!

Well, that's it for tonight ... A short one, but for me, a very proud one!

I’ll try to write from the island … Thanks for taking the time.

Johan

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