VDB signs on with the Bookies
It’s now five years since Frank Vandenbroucke last won an international race. After Fassa Bortolo en
PICTURE BY TIM DE WAELE After racing and winning a kermesse at Zwevegem yesterday (Monday), Frank Vandenbroucke spent the evening negotiating and signing a new deal to ride for the Belgian MrBookmaker.com team. After spending most of this season riding with Fassa Bortolo reportedly on a wage-less contract, the Belgian’s split with the Italian team began when he refused to ride the Giro d’Italia in May. “I want to race but that is no longer possible with Fassa Bortolo. I have already received a letter from them encouraging me to find a new employer,” Vandenbroucke told the Belgian press before racing at Zwevegem. After winning the race despite only being back in training for 10 days, Vandenbroucke said he had been forced to improve his conditioning by racing kermesses because Fassa Bortolo had refused to select him for other events. The 29-year-old Belgian is due to announce his move to MrBookmaker at a press conference in Ostend this afternoon. He has already said, “If all goes well I should line up at the GP d’Isbergues in France in my new jersey on September 19.” It is now five years since Vandenbroucke won his last international race when he took the stage into Avila during that year’s Vuelta. Since then he has made the news more for incidents off the bike than on it. He is still awaiting judgement in the Belgian courts after being found in possession of doping products including EPO, and was recently questioned by Belgian police after letting off a shotgun at his home during an argument with his wife.