Transfer market short news roundup: Bauke Mollema, Ruben Guerreiro, Ane Santesteban, Heinrich Haussler, Stan Dewulf, Marco Mathis
Aug 31 2018 09:01 pm CET

Transfer market short news roundup: Bauke Mollema, Ruben Guerreiro, Ane Santesteban, Heinrich Haussler, Stan Dewulf, Marco Mathis
Transfer market short news roundup: Bauke Mollema, Ruben Guerreiro, Ane Santesteban, Heinrich Haussler, Stan Dewulf, Marco Mathis
Photo by ASO/Thomas MAHEUX

The transfer market keeps moving with news of Trek-Segafredo, Katusha Alpecin, WNT-Rotor, Bahrain Merida, Lotto-Soudal and Cofidis.

Bauke Mollema extends contract with Trek-Segafredo

The Dutch rider has renewed his contract with the American formation. Mollema is set to stay in the team until 2020.

"I am very grateful for the confidence Trek-Segafredo has put in me," said the rider. "I am looking forward to another two great years on this team. When I look at our riders, staff, and sponsors, I can only conclude that we have a great team and I am very happy and proud to be a part of it. In the next few years, I hope to continue getting stronger and also use my experience to push the rest of the team to a higher level."

"He is a pillar of the team as one of our respectable leaders," commented Trek-Segafredo's manager Luca Guercilena. "He is a very strong guy, not only physically but also mentally. He proved that once again in the Tour de France this last year, where he came at the start with great ambitions for the GC. When he crashed and fell out of that fight, he changed his tactics immediately and started racing very aggressively in his hunt for a stage win. Unfortunately, he didn’t succeed, but he has proven once again that he is a fighter pur sang."

Ruben Guerreiro joins Katusha-Alpecin

The Portuguese rider has inked a one-year contract with the team. The 24-year-old makes the move after spending the last two seasons at Trek-Segafredo.

"Katusha Alpecin has always been one of my favourite teams," he commented. "Former Katusha rider Purito Rodríguez always has been one of my idols. There is also a substantial Portuguese connection in the team which makes it easier for me of course, though I am used to speaking English after having spent four years in American teams. I really look forward to the next step in my career and I feel that Katusha Alpecin is the right choice."

Ane Santesteban inks deal with WNT-Rotor

The former Spanish champion has become the third signing of the team for the 2019 season after Kirsten Wild and Lisa Brennauer. The rider is set to bring her 10 years of experience on the road to the team.

"It’s an exciting change for me to join WNT-ROTOR Pro Cycling," said Santesteban. My focus will remain on the hillier races and stage races, nevertheless I’m very proud and enthusiastic to join this ambitious team."

Bahrain Merida extends contract with Heinrich Haussler

The Australian rider has been in the team since 2017 and has extended his contract for two more years. The team is happy with Haussler's role of mentor of young riders like Matej Mohoric.

"I’m super happy to say I can be part of this great team for another 2 years," he said. "Especially, this year being able to race again and be a part of some very nice team victories has helped me back to loving the sport of Cycling."

Stan Dewulf becomes a professional at Lotto Soudal

The 20-year-old has been riding with the U23 team of Lotto Soudal for three years and now he is given the chance to step to the WorldTour with a two-year contract at the same time he will finish his studies.

"I had a good season, with a strong spring, and I feel ready to turn pro both physically and mentally," he commented. "Last year, I already had an offer from a couple of pro teams, but that came too early for me. I am also very happy that I can set this step in my career within the Lotto Soudal team after I have been riding for the U23 team for three years. I know that at this team I can combine cycling with my third bachelor year biomedical engineering. Riders like Tiesj Benoot and Tim Wellens got that chance too. That is very important to me. Continuing my studies gives me mental rest.

Marco Mathis signs with Cofidis

The German rider has inked a two-year deal with the French formation. Mathis has been in Katusha-Alpecin for the last two seasons.

"I decided to change teams because I am convinced that this can and must help me to take a new step in my career," the rider commented. "I will have every opportunity to progress in contact with other pros and taking advantage of the experience of a French team with important references. The rider that I am is ready to give his best both in the preparation of sprints and at all times. "




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