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After expanding their team to the U.S. for 2010 by signing Jeremiah Bishop and Tinker Juarez, Cannondale Factory Racing has added two more riders for the season.
Like mountain bike stalwarts Bishop and Juarez, Benjamin Sonntag and Alex Grant raced for MonaVie-Cannondale last season. But Cannondale opted not to continuie on as the equipment and jersey provider for the MonaVie team for the 2010 season. Instead, the company expanded its European-based Cannondale Factory Racing team to the North America with the additon of Bishop and Juarez.
The signing of Sonntag and Grant is just in time for the first ProXCT race of 2010, which will be held March 27 in Fontana, California.
Sonntag, 29, is based in Durango, Colorado and hails from Willingen, Germany. His best results in 2009 include fifth place in his country’s cross-country national championship and a pair of second place finishes at La Ruta de los Conquistadores. Already in 2010, Sonntag had a top-twenty finish in the recent San Dimas time trial stage on the road.
Grant, also 29, finished fourth at last year’s Leadville 100 and second overall at La Ruta. He lives in Salt Lake City, Utah and is originally from Richmond, Vermont.
In January, Cannondale announced that it was expanding CFR to the U.S. with Juarez and Bishop. They joined CFR alongside 10-time Belgian Champion and 2008 Marathon World Champ Roel Paulissen as well Swiss rider Martin Gujan, Italian Marco Aurelio Fontana and German Manuel Fumic.
CFR racers will compete in World Cup events and long distance races.
Riders will be racing Cannondale Lefty-equipped Flashes, Scalpels and RZ120s.