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By VeloNews Interactive
Aussie David McKenzie will join the Navigators cycling team for 2004, the team announced Thursday in Hackettstown, New Jersey.
The 2003 Tour of Queensland champion joins countryman Henk Vogels and former teammates Ciaran Power of Ireland and Vassili Davidenko of Russia as the 13th man to sign with the New Jersey-based TT2 squad.
“David brings another dimension to what I believe will be a very competitive Navigators team,” said team director Ed Beamon. “He is a proven winner, and a tireless teammate, and he has a great nose for the finish. I expect his leadership qualities will add depth to the team’s assault while providing valuable support for his new companions.”
McKenzie’s palmares include a stage win in the 2001 Tour Down Under, 11 stage wins in the popular Sun Tour and a stage win in the 2000 Giro d’Italia. In 2000, he was the Australian male road cyclist of the year.
In other signing news:
Killeen full time with Fisher – British mountain biker Liam Killeen will be racing full time on the Subaru-Gary Fisher team in 2004. During the past two seasons, Killeen has split his time between the pro squad and the Great Britain National Cycling Team.
“We are hoping the consistency of being with us full-time will help Liam continue his development,” said team manager Tyler Pilger. “He typically only races one NORBA per year in Vermont and has finished in the top 10, but he is not well known in the U.S. We are looking forward to changing that for 04.”
Last season, Killeen was the first British rider to win the overall U23 World Cup title in cross-country. He finished 11th at Mont-St-Anne, and fourth in the U23 world championships despite battling a flat tire.
“I expect Liam to spend a lot of time on the podium this season,” says team director Dean Gore. “He has developed into a top professional and possesses a dangerous combination of skill and strength.”
Philips to Nürnberger – The Nürnberger squad has signed 2002 U.S. champion Jessica Philips for 2004, according to Keri Pitman, marketing coordinator for Fuji Bicycles.