In what is one of the most unexpected transfers in recent weeks, the Cannondale-Garmin team has announced that Matti Breschel will become part of the squad next season.
The 31 year old Dane has picked up five top ten places in the world championships during his career, including silver in 2010 and bronze two years earlier.
He is also a past stage winner in the Vuelta a España, took the Dwars door Vlaanderen in 2010 and won two stages plus the overall classification in the Tour of Luxembourg last season.
“I am very excited to join Cannondale-Garmin in 2016,” said Breschel on Wednesday. “I have a lot of respect for Jonathan Vaughters and his vision and I know many of the riders and directors. It is a great group of guys.”
Breschel has spent much of his career with Team CSC/Tinkoff-Saxo, racing there between 2005 and 2010 and, after two years with Rabobank, returning in 2013. He had a solid season this year, netting two stages and eighth overall in the Tour of Denmark plus sixth in the E3 Harelbeke and seventh in the Vattenfall Cyclassics.
He has been brought on board to both aim for one day races and also to guide others.
“Matti is a huge talent,” said Jonathan Vaughters, the team’s CEO. “He will lend Classics horsepower and all-round experience to a young team, and is capable of great results himself.
“I think its possible his talent has been underestimated in the past and that is something we are looking to change. We are very excited to add him to our roster.”
Breschel said that his big aim is to excel in the cobbled Classics and also to help the team in its general push for results.
It had a quiet 2015 but is hoping to turn the page next season.
Other new signings include Rigoberto Uran and Pierre Rolland, who will add to the stage race wing of the squad.