Cardoso extends Garmin-Sharp/Slipstream contract until end of 2016

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The Portuguese rider André Cardoso has inked a new deal with the Garmin-Sharp/Slipstream Sports setup he has raced with this season, with a contract being signed to take him to the end of the 2016 season.

The 29 year old climber finished a solid 21st and 16th in the 2012 and 2013 editions of the Vuelta a España. Those performances plus top six finishes in last year’s Vuelta a Asturias, the Vuelta a Burgos and the Glava Tour of Norway attracted the attention of Garmin-Sharp, with which he finished fourth in the GP Miguel Indurain and 20th overall in the Giro d’Italia this season.

“I’m very happy to have reached an agreement for two years with the Garmin-Sharp team,” Cardoso said today. “I always told my agents João Correia and Ken Sommer I would love to continue as I like how the team works and the people are fantastic. There was no reason to change.”

The American WorldTour squad will have a new look next season, with Cannondale coming on board as a title sponsor.

Cardoso is being retained as a high level domestique for Grand Tours, and will likely have the chance to go for his own results in some other events.

He is currently riding the Vuelta a España in support of the team’s two leaders for the race and said the experience has been a good one.

“I’m very proud to work for guys like Dan Martin and Ryder Hesjedal. I know my value and I know where I can be useful,” he said. “These functions work and it is these that I want to be valued as, as has happened previously in the Giro d’Italia.”

Cardoso’s solid 2014 season also saw him take 14th in the Critérium International, 17th in the Tour de Romandie and 22nd in the Tour de Suisse.