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by Shane Stokes
October 14, 2017
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Gaining praise this month for his strong form in supporting Bora-hansgrohe teammate Sam Bennett, Shane Archbold has signed a contract to race with the Irish Aqua Blue Sport team in 2018. The 28-year-old Kiwi is a powerful leadout man and is highly motivated after returning from complications from a pelvic fracture during the 2016 Tour de France.
“Having been through a challenging period of my career hampered by injury, I am ready to move on to the next chapter,” he said. “I have followed the progress of Aqua Blue Sport with interest and believe the team to be an excellent fit for my future ambition. I look forward to a fresh start, to getting to know my new teammates and to some exciting racing in 2018.”
Archbold has a successful track background and has used that speed to strong effect on the road. Although he has primarily worked for others including Bennett, he was tenth on stage six of the 2016 Tour de France and fifth in the 2016 Baloise Belgium Tour.
Despite a lack of racing, he took seventh a month ago in the Coppa Bernocchi, then helped Bennett to victories in the Sparkassen Münsterland Giro and on three stages of the Tour of Turkey. His long period away from competition meant he wasn’t retained by Bora-hansgrohe, although it is a decision it might be regretting now.
Aqua Blue Sport General Manager Stephen Moore said he was impressed by the Kiwi. “Shane has demonstrated great resilience in returning to form following a spell of rehabilitation,” he stated. “Since coming back to racing, he has shown a resurgence of the kind of ability that brought him to the WorldTour. We are delighted to have him on board for 2018 and look forward to taking advantage of his strengths.”