Danish cyclist Martin Pedersen is no doubt having the best Christmas of his life, as his team, Footon-Servetto, guaranteed him a spot in the 2010 Tour de France. “It’s huge. I sit every year and follow the Tour de France on television. It’s a boyhood dream for all cyclists to be allowed to ride in the Tour de France,” Pedersen said to Danish TV 2 Sport. “I’ll try to take it quietly, but it is clear that this will really motivate me. Especially when it is cold and the snow comes down,” he adds. The 26-year-old will debut in 2010 after two years of absence, and he is excited about his first Grand Tour. “There must be big races and long stage race in order to reach a higher level as a cyclist,” he said….
Footon-Servetto has announced that they have added Portuguese national champion Manuel Cardoso to their 2010 roster. 26-year-old Cardoso was left without a team in August, as Liberty Seguros withdrew from cycling. He will now be able to continue his four-year pro career in the ProTour. Also joining Cardoso on the Footon-Servetto squad will be Spaniards Iban Mayoz and Vidal Celis.