Transfer news: North Americans off to sunny Spain

Charles Dionne and Aaron Olson head to Europe to ride in 2006 with Saunier Duval-Prodir.

Charles Dionne and Aaron Olson head to Europe to ride in 2006 with Saunier Duval-Prodir.
PIC BY TDWSPORT.COM The Spanish Saunier Duval-Prodir squad will welcome two more riders from across the Atlantic into the fold for 2006, with Canadian Charles Dionne and American Aaron Olsen heading to Spain for next season. Quebecois Dionne will join the team from the American Webcor Builders squad. "I have always dreamed of racing in Europe and now I finally have the chance to prove myself as an athlete," 26-year-old Dionne said. "Now that this goal is realised I am setting my sights on racing in the Tour." Twenty-seven-year-old Olson has spent the last two seasons racing in the States for the Colavita Olive Oil/Sutter Home team, but has raced in Europe before with the US under-23 national squad and the iteamNOVA.com pro team in 2002. "I am excited to return to Europe and race again," said Olson. "I don't simply want to settle for racing on the team - I want to do well." The ambitious pair both plan to set up home in Girona, Spain - a stronghold of many European-based North Americans.
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