Cedric Gracia leaving Commencal

Frenchman forming CG Racing Brigade in 2010

French downhill and 4X racer Cédric Gracia is leaving the Commencal team and starting his own squad for 2010.

"I think it was time to leave. I had different goals, and I want to give back to the fans and sponsors who've been giving to me for so long," Gracia told Cyclingnews. "I'm going to make a private team next year, CG Racing Brigade.

"I wanted to make my own structure this year. I think it's a good time to give all I know to the future riders of the brigade. I will start this year with myself, a full-time photgrapher, a team manager and a mechanic."

The 31-year-old, who lives in Andorra, emphasised the importance of a photographer to shoot footage that will capture the lifestyle, racing and freeriding of a pro mountain biker for sponsors.

Gracia turned pro in 2001, when he raced for the Volvo-Cannondale Team. He joined Commencal in 2006.

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