Transfer market short news roundup: Mitch Docker, Diego Ulissi, Nikita Stalnov, Gino Mäder, Bora-hansgrohe
Oct 06 2018 06:14 am CET

Transfer market short news roundup: Mitch Docker, Diego Ulissi, Nikita Stalnov, Gino Mäder, Bora-hansgrohe
Transfer market short news roundup: Mitch Docker, Diego Ulissi, Nikita Stalnov, Gino Mäder, Bora-hansgrohe
Photo by ASO/Thomas MAHEUX

The transfer market news of the day includes contract extensions at EF Education First, UAE Team Emirates, Astana and Bora-hansgrohe, as well as a new signing in Dimension Data.

Mitch Docker renews contract with EF Education First

The Australian will continue at the American team to keep performing in the role of road captain he had at his first year in the squad. "The first reason to stay? The guys," said the rider. "I have loved racing and hanging out with my teammates. I knew from the first training camp at the start of the season that I was going to have a lot of fun with this team.

"Then there’s my race program. It’s great. I’ve loved all the races I’ve done. And finally, my role within the team has challenged me not only physically but also mentally. As road captain, I make a commitment to get the best out of myself and my teammates in the races."

Diego Ulissi extends contract with UAE Team Emirates

The Italian will stay at the formation until 2020 and after spending all his career in it. The first race Ulissi will start in after the announcement is the Tour of Turkey, which he won in 2017. "I have fantastic memories of the last edition of the Tour of Turkey: I made the most of the top form I was in, on a very interesting route that was suited to my skills. This year’s route won’t be much different than 2017’s; the stage in Selçuk, on the fourth day of the race, will still be the crucial fraction for the general classification," he commented.

"As always, in every stage, we will have to pay attention to the wind, which could break up the group. UAE Team Emirates will be well equipped with a good group of climbers including Kristijan Durasek, who won in 2015; he will be a very important figure for us. I’m very happy about the contract renewal. It would be lovely, for the team and for me, to close out the season well, with a prestigious result, but I am aware of the fact that the competition will be even tougher than last year."

Astana extends deal with Nikita Stalnov

The Kazakh rider stepped to the World Tour with the team in 2017 and will continue at least until the 2019 season. "After my first season in Astana Team, this year I feel like I step on the new level like all work done pays off," the rider commented. "Of course, I understand, that I still have a lot to do to reach my goals, but after the Vuelta a España I got more confidence in myself.

"Besides, the whole season gave me new motivation and desire to continue moving ahead. I am happy to renew my contract with Astana – this is our Kazakh team and it is a big honour to represent the colours of the best team around the world."

Gino Mäder inks deal with Dimension Data

The 21-year-old winner of two stages of the past Tour de l'Avenir will become professional at the African team. The rider just participated at the World Championships of Innsbruck, in which he finished in the fourth position of the U23 road race. "I’m really, really proud to have joined Dimension Data," the Swiss rider commented. "It’s absolutely the best choice that I could have made and I’m delighted that the management of the team have shown the faith and belief that I can compete at the highest level of cycling, so this is going to be great.

"I’m also really proud to ride for Qhubeka too, I think what they do is absolutely incredible and to have the opportunity to represent them and such a big team is an exciting challenge. I will do my best to demonstrate that the team have made a good choice in taking me on board. I’m going to work hard and enjoy the next, hopefully, few years with Team Dimension Data."

Benedetti, Schwarzmann and Schillinger extend contracts with Bora-hansgrohe

The three riders have been in the team since its beginning in 2010 and have renewed their contracts until 2020 in Cesare Benedetti case, and Michael Schwarzmann and Andreas Schillinger for another year. "All three of them are important support riders. Cesare is strong at almost all terrains and has become a true pillar of Bora–hansgrohe," said Team Manager Ralph Denk.

"Schwarzi is an important rider in our lead-out, while Schilli has big experience at the Classics. I am very happy all three of them stay with us. They bring lots of expertise to our roster, which is very valuable for our young guns."




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