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Following a total of seven years racing with the WorldTour HTC Colombia, GreenEdge and IAM Cycling squads, Leigh Howard is moving to the new Irish Pro Continental squad Aqua Blue Sport. He and IAM Cycling teammate Stefan Denifl are amongst seven riders announced on Monday, joining four others previously confirmed last week.
Howard won the Clasica de Almeria and a stage of the Tour des Fjords this season, as well as netting second in the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race. The sprinter also took the Trofeo Campos and Trofeo Platja de Muro races in 2013.
“I want to win races of course,” said the 26 year old. “But cycling is a team sport so success comes from a team point of view. “For Aqua Blue Sport success won’t just mean podium places – we’re a new name so we’ll need to prove ourselves, and prove that we deserve to be up there as a pro team.”
Also confirmed on Monday were the Dutchmen Michel Kreder and Peter Koning, New Zealand’s Aaron Gate, 2012 Olympic omnium champion Lasse Norman Hansen and the 23 year old Australian Calvin Watson. Denifl is a strong climber and placed fourth in the mountains classification in this year’s Giro d’Italia. He won the same competition in the 2015 Tour de Suisse. The 29 year old said that in addition to personal ambition, he also wanted to help the younger riders on the team to benefit from the experience he has built up during stints with the Cervélo Test Team, Leopard Trek, Vacansoleil DCM and IAM Cycling.
“We have to grow and fight as a team and success will come with that,” he said. “Personally I am looking forward to a good preparation for 2017 and a year where I will be at my best. I am highly motivated to achieve my goals and the team’s goals, on and off the bike.”
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Today’s feature image comes from the women’s team time trial at the UCI Road World Championships in Doha, Qatar.