Tour runner-up Kloeden extends T-Mobile contract

Updated: September 21, 2004, 9:04 AM ET

BERLIN, Sept 21 - Tour de France runner-up Andreas Kloeden has extended his contract with T-Mobile by two years and will remain with the German team until the end of 2006.

Kloeden, 29, agreed to stay in a team also featuring fellow German Jan Ullrich, the 1997 Tour winner, and Alexandre Vinokourov of Kazakhstan, who came third in this year's Tour.

"This contract extension gives me plenty of motivation for next season", Kloeden said in a statement released on Tuesday.

"Together with Jan and Vino, we will make an all-out assault on the Tour."

American Lance Armstrong, who won the Tour a record sixth time in July, has not announced yet whether he will enter the race next year but has suggested he might.

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