COLOMBIAN FEDERATION RECOGNIZES BOTERO: The Colombian Cycling Federation announced last Thursday that Santiago Botero (Team Kelme) was voted Colombian rider of the year for his excellent performance in the season.

DADDY VDB: Belgian Franck Vandenbroucke has become the father of a little girl named Margaux.

O'GRADY REWARDED: Stuart O'Grady has been named Australian rider of the year once again, after his excellent season.

DIERCKXENS' AMBITIONS: Ludo Dierckxens has declared his ambitious plans for the 2002 season. The Belgian rider declared in an interview that his season will be aimed for the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix.

DE CLERCQ SIGNS: Belgian Cyclo cross champion, Mario De Clercq, has signed with Team Collstrop-Palmans.