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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