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Wanty Groupe Gobert Complete for 2018

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Antonini and McNally extend

In the margin of the team building last weekend at Hotel Aero44 in Charlerloi, Simone Antonini and Mark McNally extended their contract with Wanty-Groupe Gobert until the end of 2018. Both are loyal riders who can be counted upon. McNally will start his third year at the team, Antonini his fourth.

The 28-year-old Brit Mark McNally, who lives in Belgium (Heist-op-den-Berg) is an offensive rider who was frequently in breakaways the past year. He was in front in important classics as Tour of Flanders and Ghent-Wevelgem and finished on the podium in Ronde van Drenthe and Eneco Tour the past two years. 26-year-old Italian Simone Antonini is a loyal teammate who is always ready to assist the team leaders and pull hard in front of the peloton.

With this two prolongations Wanty-Groupe Gobert is complete for 2018. The team will be able to count on the combined forces of 21 riders next season. Five riders leave the team. Kenny Dehaes, Robin Stenuit and Guillaume Levarlet will wear another jersey and Frederik Veuchelen and Danilo Napolitano put an end to their career. « Fré » integrates the staff as trainer. Odd Christian Eiking (FDJ), Boris Vallée (Fortuneo-Oscaro), Timothy Dupont (Crelan-Willems) and Bart De Clercq (Lotto-Soudal) are the newcomers.

Hilaire Van der Schueren:

"Antonini and McNally are two riders who are always willing to do their job. Working in the chase or going in the breakaway can not be underestimated. As a result, their results are sometimes less, but their teammates can thus benefit from their work. "

"On paper we are strengthened for 2018. Now it is up to the riders to deliver performances. With the signing of Bart De Clercq and Odd Christian Eiking we now form a solid team around our French climbing talent Guillaume Martin. With these riders I also hope to perform in the Ardennes classics, that was something we lacked in the past seasons. "

"In 2017 Yoann Offredo has proven that he can perform in the big classics. Hopefully he can continue the good work in 2018. I also expect a lot from Frederik Backaert and Guillaume Van Keirsbulck in the cobbled classics. "

"In the sprint we can count on the fast legs of Timothy Dupont and Andrea Pasqualon. Our new Walloon rider Boris Vallée will launch the sprint for them, but if one of them isn't feeling good, Vallée can also take his own chances. "

Simone Antonini:

"I am very happy with my contract extension at team Wanty-Groupe Gobert. Regarding the 2018 season I hope I have no more trouble that unfortunately occured in the last 2 years. I wasn't in top form in most of the classics because of that. My goals are to be able to make a bigger step in the cobbled classics. I want to thank everyone at the team for the trust they have. I have a great feeling with all my teammates. Belgium is a second home for me."

"I would like to be in front on the crucial moments in order to be in support of the team leaders and grasp some good results. I also hope to be in a Grand Tour like Tour de France, if we get a wild card. That would be beneficial for my growth and for expanding my limitations."

Mark McNally:

"In 2018 I want to continue my development. The last two years at team Wanty-Groupe Gobert I have come a long way with a lot of podium places and top tens.
In 2018 I would like to make that next step and win a race or two. For the rest I want to keep working hard and take my chances when they arise."

Team 2018

Simone Antonini, 26 (Italy)
Frederik Backaert, 27
Jérôme Baugnies, 30
Thomas Degand, 31
Tom Devriendt, 26
Fabien Doubey, 24 (France)
Wesley Kreder, 27 (Netherlands)
Guillaume Martin, 24 (France)
Mark McNally, 28 (Great Britain)


Xandro Meurisse, 25
Marco Minnaard, 28 (Netherlands)
Yoann Offredo, 31 (France)
Andrea Pasqualon, 29 (Italy)
Dion Smith, 24 (New-Zealand)
Guillaume Van Keirsbulck, 26
Pieter Vanspeybrouck, 30
Kevin Van Melsen, 30

Newcomers

Bart De Clercq, 31 (Lotto-Soudal)
Timothy Dupont, 30 (Crelan-Willems)
Odd Christian Eiking, 22 (Norway, FDJ)
Boris Vallée, 24 (Fortuneo-Oscaro)

Left

Kenny Dehaes (WB-Veranclassic)
Guillaume Levarlet (Auber 93)
Robin Sténuit (?)
Danilo Napolitano (Stopped)
Frederik Veuchelen (Stopped)

Jenner and Sweeny to stay with Mitchelton-SCOTT in 2018

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2017 Australian U23 national road race champion Sam Jenner will be staying with UCI Continental team Mitchelton-SCOTT for the coming 2018 season alongside compatriot Harry Sweeny.

The two talented young Australians have formed a vital part of the team’s makeup throughout a successful 2017 season and the retention of both riders is a significant step forward in the team’s continuing development.

“It’s unreal to be joining the team again for 2018,” said Jenner. “I’ve been part of the set up for a couple of years now and although I’ll be sad to see some mates go I’m equally excited to see some new faces coming in to replace them and am looking forward to see what next year will bring.”

“It was great to wear the national stripes throughout the 2017 season and to see so many positive results achieved by the team. This year has been better than we all expected and has only been possible with the dedication from both riders and staff.”

After a challenging 2017 season that was disrupted by injuries Sweeny is looking forward to getting started with a busy Australian summer schedule before the European calendar comes into full swing.

“I am excited to be signing with Mitchelton-SCOTT for a second season,” said Sweeny. “2017 was a great experience for me, not only in learning the way U23 racing unfolds, but also adapting to a European lifestyle.”

“Unfortunately I had a few injuries along the way which made the season quite challenging in places, however I am eager to perform in my second year with the team. I’m looking forward to the Australian summer of racing as always and can’t wait to head back over to Europe with what has become a tight knit bunch of teammates.”

Sport director James Victor spoke of the importance of retaining the services of both riders as the team comes off the back of such a successful season and looks to build into 2018.

“After the team’s most successful season to date it was an important step for us to re-sign both Harry and Sam and continue along the path of developing some of Australia’s next generation of talented athletes and pursue more success for Mitchelton-SCOTT,” Victor said.

“Sam is coming into his third season with the team and without question he forms part of the backbone of the squad and was an integral member of the team that achieved 35 podiums from 41 international race days in 2017. Sam never missed a race day and when you asked for that little bit extra, Sam could always be relied upon to keep the race plan moving.

“After successfully supporting riders like Lucas Hamilton, Jai Hindley and Michael Storer (who are all moving up to WorldTour) throughout 2017, next season we will be looking for Sam to chase some of his own personal ambitions. He gained some valuable experience this year after racing with the national champion’s jersey on his shoulders and that will stand him in good stead for 2018.

“Harry suffered some niggling injuries and unfortunate circumstances cost him some race days this season, but he showed great determination to give everything to the team when he was present and that highlights the great work ethic and camaraderie we have within the group.

“It was very impressive to see Harry getting through the Baby Giro d’Italia as an 18-year-old in what was super successful week of racing for the team. Harry is already training hard for 2018 and is in good shape and motivated to gain as much experience as possible.

“The European Spring Classics suit Harry’s characteristics and he will be targeting them as early objectives before the favourable terrain and racing style of the Asian races later in the season.”

Sam Jenner

Date of Birth: 2nd April 1997 (20)
Place of Birth: Armidale, NSW
Nationality: Australian
Turned Pro: 2017

Major Results:

2017
- 1st National Championships U23 – Road Race
- 2nd AN Post Ras – Stage 8
- 6th National Championships U23 – (ITT)
- 8th Herald Sun Tour – Youth Classification
- 9th AN Post Ras – Youth Classification

Harry Sweeny

Date of Birth: 9th July 1998 (19)
Place of Birth: Brisbane, QLD
Nationality: Australian
Turned Pro: 2017

Major Results:

2017
- 14th Baby Giro d’Italia – Stage 5b (ITT)
- 18th Trophee Paris-Arras – Stage 3
- 19th Baby Giro d’Italia – Youth Classification

UCI Continental team Mitchelton-SCOTT has confirmed the signing of young Colombian climber Brayan Chaves for the 2018 season.

Looking to follow in the footsteps of older brother Esteban Chaves, who rides for WorldTour outfit ORICA-SCOTT, 20-year-old Brayan is stepping up to the continental calendar with the Chinese-registered outfit after competing at U23 level in Colombia.

“It’s really amazing this opportunity for the 2018 season,” said Chaves. “I don’t have the words to describe how excited I am. I am really happy to be coming to the team and it’s a dream come true to be part of this set up and work towards the future.”

“Of course it would be incredible if I can follow in the footsteps of Esteban with what he has achieved racing for ORICA-SCOTT, that would be really special and it is a great opportunity for me that I want to make the most of.”

With a firm emphasis on development, but also a weather eye being kept on the future, sport director James Victor spoke of the long and short term plans for Chaves.

“Brayan comes to us with an obvious family pedigree from brother Esteban,” said Victor. “The short-term plan is to expose Brayan to a mix of opportunities across varied races to allow to him to find his place and confidence on what will be a steep learning curve.”

“In addition to Tours in Asia that will suit his climbing ability we have a longer term plan to work with Brayan over the next few years with a view to his development following a similar trajectory to that of Esteban and other talented Colombian climbers.”

Brayan Chaves

Date of Birth: 30th May 1997 (20)
Nationality: Colombia
Place of Birth: Bogota, Colombia

14 November, Santa Rosa, California (USA)

BMC Racing Team is excited to welcome global cybersecurity company Sophos as the team's official cybersecurity partner from January 1, 2018.

The partnership will see the leading cybersecurity company that protects more than 100 million users in 150 countries work within the cycling community for the first time.

BMC Racing Team general manager Jim Ochowicz said the partnership with Sophos is an important development for the team's future.



"Sophos is a trusted global company with an established brand which is exactly what we were looking for in a new partner. The partnership with Sophos offers us the opportunity to grow our program and keep working towards our current goals, as well as establishing new goals. At BMC Racing Team, we are fortunate to work with a strong network of high level partners, and we believe Sophos is an excellent fit with the team's DNA and spirit," Ochowicz said.

Ochowicz continued, "Sophos develops industry-leading cybersecurity solutions to protect information and systems from all types of threats. The success of our organization is dependent on our ability to access online resources securely, so we are looking forward to working with Sophos to protect our data and reduce the risks of cyberattack. A partnership with Sophos, a company outside the cycling industry, is an excellent sign for the team and the sport of cycling. Sophos' desire to invest in BMC Racing Team and the cycling community will certainly bring the team credibility as we look to the future. We are very excited to commence this partnership with Sophos in 2018 and proudly display their logo on our 2018 jersey and bib shorts as our official cybersecurity partner."

BMC Racing Team owner Andy Rihs welcomes Sophos to the BMC Racing Team family.

"We are pleased to see another partner join BMC Racing Team who believes in the sport of cycling as a means to communicate with their customers. We welcome Sophos to our family at BMC Racing Team and look forward to working together," Rihs explained.

Sophos is proud to be the official cybersecurity partner to BMC Racing Team.

"I am impressed by the culture, spirit, and success of BMC Racing," commented Kris Hagerman, chief executive officer at Sophos. "Sophos is driven by passion, innovation, and the desire to be the best in the world, and BMC Racing Team share and demonstrate our values across the entire team. Everyone at Sophos is looking forward to being a partner in their success next year."

"Every industry increasingly depends on the security and integrity of information and technology to drive performance, improvement, and achievement, and that is certainly true of today's cycle racing industry," commented Matt Fairbanks, chief marketing officer at Sophos. "The global nature of the sport, combined with BMC Racing Team's proven success and shared values made this partnership the perfect fit for Sophos. We are proud to sponsor and support BMC Racing Team and its whole community in 2018."

BMC Racing Team will unveil a new jersey and bib short design for the 2018 season at the pre-season camp in Denia, Spain in December, which will feature the Sophos logo on the collar of the jersey and back of the bib short.


Trek-Segafredo announced that Santini Cycling Wear would be the team's technical clothing partner for 2018. The new agreement, which is a source of great pride for both parties, was presented at the Rouleur Classic road cycling event in London.

London, November 3, 2017 : The Rouleur Classic road cycling exhibition in London, played host to the official presentation of the newly-sealed partnership between Trek-Segafredo and Santini Cycling Wear. The Italian technical cycling clothing company will be dressing the team from 2018 onwards.

In 2018, Trek-Segafredo will number 28 athletes of 18 different nationalities, including German classics rider John Degenkolb and Italian all-rounder Fabio Felline, both of whom took part in the official presentation in London.

Luca Guercilena, General Manager of Trek-Segafredo: "Over the past 50 years, Santini has built up such an invaluable wealth of expertise and knowledge that has made it an international benchmark for technical cycling apparel. But of course, the technical part is only one thing, the service they can provide us with is another crucial part of this partnership. Santini knows what it takes to be the technical clothing partner of a World Tour team, racing around the globe in all sorts of weather conditions. Right from the start we sensed they are able to anticipate our needs, to individualize where needed and to deliver quickly. Therefore, I am confident this partnership will be very successful."

"We are extremely proud that a team of as high a level as Trek-Segafredo has chosen us,” declared Paola Santini, marketing manager at Santini Cycling Wear, "because it appreciates the technical prowess and quality of our clothing, which can meet the needs of racing cyclists both in training and competition.”"

The partnership will span the supply of all technical and casual clothing which will be designed specifically for team members: "This isn't a new development for us: our company has a long history of "dressing" professional teams," commented Monica Santini, CEO of Santini Cycling Wear. "Thanks to our Bergamo production line signature flexibility in terms of both timelines and personalization of each garment to individual athletes, we will be able to cater the needs of the Trek-Segafredo team to the nth degree."

Of the garments supplied for testing in the field by the Trek-Segafredo team, the athletes were particularly impressed by the Impact bib shorts which have Sitip fabric inserts that incorporate tear and abrasion-resistant Dyneema fibers. The same fabric was also selected for the development of the road race skin suit that will be supplied to the entire team.

The new Trek-Segafredo team clothing by Santini will be presented in December 2017 and in stores for sale in January 2018.

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About Santini: Santini Maglificio Sportivo was founded in 1965 by Pietro Santini who spotted a market for technical cycling clothing as a result of his abiding passion for the sport and competition. In what would seem like a revolutionary and contrarian choice today, the Bergamo-based company made the pivotal decision to design and manufacture all of its products exclusively in Italy. Each and every item of Santini apparel is designed and developed by a team of designers with a deep-rooted passion for the world of cycling and in line with the company's "Made in Italy, Made with Passion" philosophy.
Santini currently produces 3,000 items of clothing per day and exports 80% of its output. It is deeply committed to ongoing investment in researching and developing innovative textiles and new production methods. However, people (athletes) remain its central focus as it continues to refine its creations to allow cyclists pursue their sporting passions in comfortable but inimitably stylish kit

 

The 2017 season came to a close at the inaugural Tour of Guangxi for ORICA-SCOTT last week with the Australian outfit able to look back on another positive campaign that included 26 UCI victories and saw the continued progression and development of the young Grand Tour contenders.

The year began well with Caleb Ewan dominating the sprints at the Santos Tour Down Under with four stage wins before compatriot Damien Howson produced a breakthrough performance to take a stage win and the overall title at the Jayco Herald Sun Tour.

The stage success for Ewan continued at the Giro in May, winning on stage seven and contributing to the team 13 WorldTour victories of the season, while in July Simon Yates mounted a successful defense of the Tour de France best young rider jersey.

Yates emulated brother Adam in 2016 by winning the white jersey and also recording a top ten overall finish with seventh place after notching early season wins at Paris-Nice on stage six and at the one-day Gran Premio Miguel Indurain.

General manager Shayne Bannan spoke highly of the continued progression and development.

"There has been some fantastic moments throughout 2017 and some special achievements- said Bannan. -Clear highlights being Simon Yates performance at the Tour de France and winning back-to-back white jerseys is very significant and also the win on stage seven of the Giro by Caleb."

"We are still really developing as an organization, particularly in relation to the Grand Tours and we have three really exciting and young GC riders in Simon and Adam Yates and Esteban Chaves who all competed in two Grand Tours for the first time this season.

"The reason behind this was their physical development for the future and we need to remember that these three guys are a lot younger than their GC competitors and we are really excited to be part of their development, especially when you factor in the new signings we have made for next year and how that will strengthen the squad.

"Caleb’s progression and results this season have been excellent, his performances have shown maturity and it is really great to see how quickly the whole sprint train has gelled and come together in a short space of time."

We take a look back at some highlights of the 2017 season:

Season starts on song with more dominance down under

The four stage wins by Ewan out of six at the Tour Down Under kicked off 2017 with a bang and also continued the ORICA-SCOTT rich history of success in the first WorldTour event of the season.

Quickly followed by Howson's breakout GC victory at the Herald Sun Tour a couple of weeks later, the Australian summer proved to be another fruitful hunting ground for the home team.

Bannan: "Having the season start in Australia is very important to the team, we are registered in Australia, we have a lot of Australian fans and we only get to race there in January & February."

"I'm really proud of the way the riders approached January as they do each year, we have won a lot of races in Australia, but it is the way the guys race that is the most impressive and that was evident again in 2017."

Paris-Nice and the one-day victories

Magnus Cort kick started early spring for the team with a convincing victory in the Spanish Clasica de Almeria that went on to set the scene for another WorldTour win for Ewan at the Tour of Abu Dhabi and repeated success for Adam Yates at the Italian one-day race GP Industria and Atigianato.

Simon Yates bolstered the WorldTour tally and continued the early season form with a mature performance at the prestigious Paris-Nice stage race. Taking a win in the mountains on stage six and a top ten overall with 9th place.

Bannan: "That period really showed the progression of our younger riders, Adam & Simon and Caleb and it was great to see the continued development of these guys and to see the Yates brothers start their winning ways in Europe."

Pais Vasco, Romandie and Ewan strikes at the Giro d'Italia

Veteran Swiss star Michael Albasini always hits form in late spring in time for the Ardennes Classics and the Tour of Romandie and this year proved to be no different. A stage two win at Pais Vasco preceded eighth in Liege-Bastogne-Liege and swiftly followed by an opening stage win in Romandie as Simon Yates went on to finish second overall.

Ewan's only previous Grand Tour stage win came at the 2015 Vuelta a Espana, but he chose a special time to get his second at the 100th edition of the Giro d'Italia.

Bannan: “Michael is really an evergreen rider, he’s like a good bottle of wine that gets better as he ages, his consistency and professionalism and the way he approaches the sport is very impressive.”

"Caleb had a little bit of bad luck in the first week of the Giro, but the team certainly got it together on stage seven and it was great to see Caleb get his first Giro stage victory and also the contribution from the team."

History repeats itself at the Tour de France

After brother Adam achieved it in 2016 it was now Simon's turn to earn the mantel of the best young rider at the Tour de France and he didn't disappoint. A string of consistent performances saw Simon become only the second Briton to win the jersey and the twins the only brothers in history to share the honor.

Bannan: "Simon's development at this year's Tour de France was something special to watch and I think we will see another step up from him next year. For twins to win back-to-back white jerseys at the Tour de France is something very special."

Haig rides high in Poland and a triplet for Ewan at the Tour of Britain

Jack Haig broke his World Tour duck with a memorable solo ride on the penultimate stage of the Tour of Poland, taking his first professional win and eighth overall before going on to solid performances at the Vuelta a Espana.

British soil has proved productive for Ewan in 2017 with two-second places, the points classification and time in the leader jersey at the Tour de Yorkshire before going on to take three stage wins at the Tour of Britain in September.

Bannan: "Caleb continued his winning ways and it was great to see him and the team perform so well and consistently at the Tour of Britain, but one of the highlights of the year for me was the progression of Jack Haig."

"Jack stepped up to another level this year and his aggressiveness and confidence at the Tour of Poland is something we will continue to enjoy in 2018.'

Slipstream Sports is proud to announce the signing of Swedish national road champion Kim Magnusson. The 25-year-old joins the WorldTour on a two-year deal from Team Tre Breg – Postnord.

“Stepping up to the WorldTour with Slipstream Sports is the most important step in my career so far,” said Magnusson. “For the past several years, I’ve worked very hard in training with the help of Thomas Löfvist, and I feel like now is the right time to step up. To be able to sign with Slipstream Sports, which from 2018 has the Swedish company EF Education First as the main sponsor is highly motivating and fun.”

“Kim will obviously meet for the very first time a professional set-up at the highest level of road cycling,” said sports director Andreas Klier. “I am sure that this will help him to develop his strength, and I'm looking forward to seeing until which stage of a race he is able to support our leaders.

“As the current Swedish champion, he obviously knows what is needed to win a race, and maybe if the team strategy allows him to be in one of the races in a similar situation, he can take an opportunity for himself,” Klier added. “He is an interesting rider, and I am looking forward to working with him.”

Magnusson will make his debut in argyle on Friday 3 November at the Rouleur Classic. He takes the stage at the Rouleur Theatre in London at 3:40 GMT to launch the POC Cycling kit that Team EF Education First – Drapac p/b Cannondale will wear in 2018.

“We have built an international reputation around safety and innovation and a big part of that is our Swedish heritage,” said POC CEO Jonas Sjögren. “Naturally we are avid supporters of Swedish cycling and have also partnered with the Swedish Cycling Federation until 2020. To see Kim, the current Swedish road champion, join Slipstream and be a part of a broader Swedish connection on the WorldTour is truly inspiring and motivating.”

Magnusson joins a crop of neo-pros in a new-look Slipstream Sports in 2018. He’ll learn the WorldTour ropes alongside Dan MacLay and Logan Owen from the likes of Rigoberto Uran, Sep Vanmarcke, Pierre Rolland and Simon Clarke.

“For the next season, I’m looking forward to a lot of things,” said Magnusson. “I’m excited to meet my new teammates and the staff, get new influences regarding my training, line up for new races, and, most importantly, to compete on the highest level.

“I’m eager to start the new season and to work to help our team leaders achieve great results,” Magnusson added. “I see myself best-suited to stage races and hilly one-day races, but I’m ready to explore it all.”

While Magnusson will play a key role in Friday’s kit launch, fans will need to wait until January to see him in his Swedish champion jersey. Magnusson is eager for this reveal.

“I want to show myself and the Swedish champion jersey to the cycling world in the best possible way,” said Magnusson. “I’m eager to gain important experiences with a great team in a key year in my career.”

Fun Fact: Kim’s father, Glenn Magnusson, and Slipstream Sports CEO Jonathan Vaughters were teammates in 1999.

BAHRAIN MERIDA Team signs the trainee Mark Padun

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BAHRAIN MERIDA Pro Cycling Team signs the neo-pro Mark Padun, who has been a trainee in our team since August.


The 21-year-old Ukrainian cyclist was one of the most promising U23 riders from Team Colpack, that is BAHRAIN MERIDA's development team. Padun did the first race in our jersey in the challenging Coppa Agostoni, where he was in the break for almost 160 km.


"Mark is a very talented young rider. We were aware that he's got talent and he confirmed his true value at the Agostoni" says Brent Copeland, General Manager of the BAHRAIN MERIDA Team. "We're very happy now to sign his first professional contract and we are very pleased to have such a talented neo-pro riding for us. We believe that in the professional category he will definitely show his true value. We have been following Mark closely in the past and he has proved what he is worth as a cyclist, a stage win and a 5th overall at the Giro as well as victories and good podium places in other international races show that he has what it takes to think about his move to the professional category."


"It was a very big pleasure to ride with a big Team like BAHRAIN MERIDA as a trainee and an even bigger pleasure to sign an agreement as a pro rider," comments Mark Padun. "The debut at the Coppa Agostoni was something special and to be with the team at October Training Camp was very exciting too. There I could experience how precious is for a rider to be supported by such a great staff."


This year Mark Padun won the Trofeo Piva, the GP Capodarco and one stage of Giro d'Italia Under 23, where he also took 5th place in the overall classification. Moreover, he took other important results, as the second place at the Flecha du Sud in Luxembourg, Last year he won a stage on Giro Valle Aosta, wore pink jersey for 2 days and was 2nd in the overall classification. He also won TT national championship.


"If I think back a year ago, I believed that sooner or later I would succeed in becoming a pro rider," adds the young Ukrainian cyclist, "but if I go back two years, it was like something impossible. It was my big dream and I went to Italy to make it come true."


"It is a big surprise for me and my parents too that I joined this team. My family is very proud of me and satisfied with this new great step in my career."


"I'm a GC rider. Races with a lot of climbs, like Ardennes Classics or Il Lombardia, suit me. I like hors category climbs. Now I'm looking forward to start training with the Team for next year."


Padun is one of the best riders in U23 in the world, specialized in climbing and everybody in the team is excited to have this young talented rider in our jersey.


Trek-Segafredo riders John Degenkolb and Fabio Felline have confirmed they will attend Rouleur Classic on Friday, November 3, 2017, in London. They will be on stage at the Rouleur Classic Theatre at 1.40 pm GMT to make a major announcement.

Pello Bilbao Extends with Astana Proteam

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25/10/2017 / 


Astana ProTeam is happy to announce the contract extension with Spanish rider Pello Bilbao, who is spending his debut season with the Kazakh project. The new agreement is set for two more years (2018 and 2019).

"To continue with Astana is the best news, I could have. In every moment of the season I knew clear, that my goal is to continue in this team. I found here a really great group to work, all the staff are very professional people and I feel here like at home. Also, the group of riders we have is absolutely fantastic. Despite some difficult moments during the season we always were trying to pass it together, keeping high our motivation. In the second part of the season we could demonstrate that we are a really strong team. I wished so much to extend with this amazing team and now I am happy. In the new season I want to keep on working, to keep on improving. I feel a confidence from the side of the team and this is very important for me," said Pello Bilbao.

Pello Bilbao (27) joined Astana Team in 2017. Among his best results of the season could be noted a 4th place at a stage of the Giro d'Italia and a 10th place in the general classification of the Tour de Suisse.  Bilbao did the Vuelta a Espana on the highest level, supporting two team leaders, Fabio Aru and Miguel Angel Lopez. Pello was a rider, who helped a lot Astana on its way to the final team classification win in La Vuelta.

"This year, Pello showed himself quite good. Indeed, the first half of the season was a bit difficult, it was a period of adaptation in the new team for the rider. But, in the second part, especially, at the Vuelta a Espana Bilbao proved that he is a strong athlete. We are happy to extend his contract and hope that in the upcoming season Pello will improve even more," said general manager Alexandr Vinokurov.

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