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by Shane Stokes
September 28, 2017
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Peter Sagan’s Bora-hansgrohe team has completed its lineup of riders for 2018, bringing the Austrian climber Felix Grossschartner on board. “We always have an eye on the German speaking countries. I am happy that we managed to sign Felix now for 2018,” said Team Manager Ralph Denk. “With the stage win of Lukas Pöstlberger in the Giro and the wins of Gregor Mühlberger at the Austrian Nationals and Rund um Köln, our Austrians took important victories for the team this season. I hope Felix can also get to that level in the next years.”
The team’s roster for 2018 will comprise 27 riders from 10 different countries. These include some big names, and Grossschartner is keen to learn from them. His results this year include fourth overall in the Tour of Austria, seventh on a stage in the Giro d’Italia and tenth overall in the Czech Cycling Tour, and the 23-year-old clearly has potential.
“I am really proud to become part of one of the best WorldTeams. It will be a step-up for me I’ll have to adapt to. Also the big names in the team, like Peter Sagan, are for sure something new to me,” he said. “But with Gregor, Lukas and Patrick I already rode in Austria together, they are friends and will help me to feel familiar with the team soon.”
Meanwhile the Lotto-Soudal team has announced that Tomasz Marczynski will remain with the team until the end of 2020. He joined the team last year and secured an extension for 2017 despite health issues. He rewarded the team with two stage wins in the Vuelta a España, as well as riding strongly in support of his teammates.
“The team has always kept its confidence in me, even with my health issues last year,” he said. “Now they prove their belief in me again with this contract extension.”