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Schwinn road team news from South Africa

Oct 18, 2006

Courtesy of Capetonian Darren Lill will bring his racing skills to the American Navigators professional team where he hopes to excel in the hillier races in Europe and America next year.

Lill will be the first South African to join the American outfit, and he epitomises the ever-growing talent of South African riders as well as the growing popularity of the sport in his country.

Lill, who previously rode for Barloworld, HSBC and Microsoft, was left without a contract at the end of the 2006 season.

He missed the opportunity to sign for a European Continental Team this year due to discussions being opened with a bigger outfit, only to see the deal fall through at the last minute and too late to find another team for 2006.

Darren split his time between racing for Schwinn in his native South Africa and the National team in international events such as the Tour de Langkawi, Tour of Qinghai Lake and the World Championships.

Lill is ""happy to have signed a contract with Navigators for 2007"" and he is looking forward to meeting his new team-mates and racing both in Europe and the US with Navigators. Darren also wishes to thank Schwinn and Uvex for their support in 2006.

Lill had offers from other teams for 2007 but after many conversations with Navigators staff decided that the American team would be best suited to his development and his future in the sport.