CCC Team extends contract of Kamil Gradek and signs Michal Paluta
Sep 26 2019 04:09 am CET

CCC Team extends contract of Kamil Gradek and signs Michal Paluta
CCC Team extends contract of Kamil Gradek and signs Michal Paluta
CCC Team © Mary Cárdenas / CyclingPub.com

Kamil Gradek has extended his contract with CCC Team until at least the end of 2020 while the Polish national champion Michal Paluta will step up to the WorldTour in the team next year.

Gradek took a step up to the WT level with CCC in 2019 and his potential has earned him another year in the team. ""In his first year with us, and at this level of racing, Kamil proved himself to be a strong ally in the cobbled Classics, racing Kuurne-Bruxelles-Kuurne, E3 BinckBank Classic, Ronde van Vlaanderen and Paris-Roubaix in support of our leader, Greg Van Avermaet," said the team's General Manager Jim Ochowicz. "Kamil showed that this style of racing suits him and I think he will continue to grow as a rider over the next year with us.

"We have also seen Kamil show off his time trialling abilities this season with a strong second place at the Polish National Time Trial Championships. He also took fourth place in the time trial on the opening day in Slovakia and so he is heading into the World Championships this week following a good performance. Both of these results were amongst good company so, I think this is going to be something we can continue to develop with him."

The rider happily welcomed this contract extension. "I'm very excited to have extended my contract with CCC Team," he commented. "I believe that I've made big progress this season and I'm happy that the team has noticed and recognized that. Their confidence in me is a big motivational boost and a reason to work even harder in the future."

Paluta will also take a step from the Development team. "As the first and only Polish WorldTour team in professional cycling, we are thrilled to welcome Micha? Paluta to CCC Team in 2020," Ochowicz affirmed. "As a Polish team, with a Polish title sponsor, it will be an honour to have the Polish road race champion's jersey in the team.

"At just 23-years-old, Micha? has a long career ahead of him. We are looking forward to working with him to continue his development and see him realize his potential as a bike rider. By moving up to the WorldTour level, Micha? will have the opportunity to learn from our most experienced riders and build on the experience he has gained in the first five years of his career."

For the rider, this is a dream come true. "As a young rider, I have always dreamed of being a professional cyclist in a WorldTour team," he said. "I was always focused on my work and being 100 per cent engaged, and it has paid off.

"The possibility of developing in CCC Development Team gave me extra motivation to step up to the first Polish WorldTour team. Wearing the national champion jersey with the Polish eagle on my chest makes me feel honoured and proud. I will push myself to the limits to show these stripes with pride."
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