Trek-Segafredo signs 39-year-old Pieter Weening
Jun 06 2020 07:27 am CET

Trek-Segafredo signs 39-year-old Pieter Weening
Trek-Segafredo signs 39-year-old Pieter Weening
Trek-Segafredo

Trek-Segafredo has announced the signing of 39-year-old Pieter Weening for the remainder of the 2020 season.

The Dutchman has a long career in which he has taken two stage victories at the Giro d'Italia and one at the Tour de France, as well as GC wins at the Tour de Pologne and the Tour of Norway. The rider arrives to the team with the objective of providing his expertise and support in stage races.

"We first got in touch with Pieter back in February," explained Trek-Segafredo's General Manager Luca Guercilena. "Knowing that, after his crash, Matteo Moschetti would be out for an extended period, so we needed an experienced rider who would be able to fit in the group and be ready to race immediately.

"Pieter is known to be a super professional rider, and we were convinced he would be able to meet our expectations. The Covid-19 pandemic slowed down the recruitment process but, despite these turbulent times for cycling, we were determined to keep our word and welcome Pieter as part of the team."

Weening will ride for the Trek formation for the first time and will join there his fellow countrymen Bauke Mollema and Koen de Kort. "I'm really happy for this opportunity and will give 150% in these last months of the year to fully help Trek-Segafredo," the Dutchman commented.

"Hopefully, I can contribute to achieving great results for the team once the racing re-starts. I know I'm still competitive at a WorldTour level, and my motivation is super high. This will be a new team, new guys, new atmosphere, but I'm looking forward to this challenge and returning to competition."

Despite the doubts of whether he was going to be able to continue his career after he finished 2019 without a contract, Weening continued training like if he was going to continue at the highest level. "I still had the hope of finding a team, so I was still training as I would do in any pre-season," he said. "I wanted to stay fit, so I kept training all winter long. When Trek-Segafredo first contacted me in February, I told them I could be ready to race competitively in 4-6 weeks. I had a proposal, but the whole process was paused because of Covid-19 and the suspension of the racing calendar.

"But, after some talks with Luca (Guercilena), I had no doubts the team would keep their word if the racing resumed. In a time when many teams are struggling, it's quite special that Trek-Segafredo is willing to recruit a new rider. I'm very thankful for that. This is a great opportunity for me to show what I can actually do, and I'm super motivated to help the team leaders achieve good results, no matter which races I'm selected for."
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