By Jason Sumner, VeloNews Associate Editor
Two more Schwinn-GT castoffs — Belgian Roel Paulissen and Frenchman Mickael Deldycke — have found homes for 2002, leaving only Finnish downhiller Katja Repo still looking for work this coming season.
The 25-year-old Paulissen, who had four top-10 finishes in the World Cup series last year as a member of the GT team, has signed on with the Rainer-Wurz.com-Helly Hansen squad. He joins Italians Marco Bui and Hubert Pallhuber on the team sponsored primarily by Formula 1 race-car driver Alexander Wurz and ex-mountain-bike pro Markus Rainer.
Wurz actually started his wheeled-racing career in BMX, and won a world championship in 1986. Since then he’s climbed the auto-racing ranks, though he lost his starting spot this offseason and is working as a test driver for McLaren this year.
Meanwhile, Deldycke, who rode for Schwinn in 2001, has signed on with the Fiat-Rotwild team, joining countrywoman Nolvenn LeCaer and Austrian junior national cross-country champion Sandra Simon.
Deldycke, a BMX’er turned gated-racing specialist, finished third in the World Cup dual standings last year.