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Virenque locks in Domo deal

French cyclist Richard Virenque has signed a two-year extension to ride for Belgian team Domo-Farm Frites. "I am happy to continue with this team in as much as none of the French teams made a move for me and that is sad," Virenque told the French wire service AFP. The 31-year-old Virenque returned to racing on August 15 after purging a nine month suspension for taking illegal performance-enhancing drugs. One of the most popular cyclists in France, Virenque was shunned by his home teams and eventually signed a three-month contract with Domo-Farm Frites. Wearing Domo colors, he made a

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By VeloNews Interactive wire services, Copyright AFP2001

French cyclist Richard Virenque has signed a two-year extension to ride for Belgian team Domo-Farm Frites.

“I am happy to continue with this team in as much as none of the French teams made a move for me and that is sad,” Virenque told the French wire service AFP.

The 31-year-old Virenque returned to racing on August 15 after purging a nine month suspension for taking illegal performance-enhancing drugs.

One of the most popular cyclists in France, Virenque was shunned by his home teams and eventually signed a three-month contract with Domo-Farm Frites. Wearing Domo colors, he made a stunning return to the top by winning Paris – Tours on October 7.

Copyright AFP2001