Dejonckheere has had a big role in readying young Americans for the tough roads of European racing.Noel Dejonckheere, the long-time director of USA Cycling’s U23 development program in Belgium, is leaving the organization to join the BMC professional team as European Operations Manager and Assistant Director Sportif.

Dejonckheere has directed the U23 programs and run the National Team House in Izegem, Belgium, for the last decade, and mentored many developing riders who are now in the ProTour.

USA Cycling officials emphasized that the Izegem program will continue.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for Noel and I am very happy for him as he moves on to the next stage of his career,” USA Cycling CEO Steve Johnson said. “With more than a decade of service to our programs, Noel has certainly helped shape the future of American cycling. With that said, we fully expect to build upon the momentum of the program and continue to prepare the next crop of great young American cyclists using the proven methods developed over the last 10 years.”

Following a professional racing career, Dejonckheere worked with the 7-Eleven and Motorola Professional Cycling Teams for nearly a decade before joining USA Cycling.

Dejonckheere will continue to work with USA Cycling on a limited basis until a permanent replacement can be found.

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