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by Shane Stokes
September 14, 2017
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Part of the QuickStep Floors team since the start of the 2013 season, Gianluca Brambilla is taking a new direction with the announcement of a two-year deal with Trek-Segafredo. The Italian climber won stages in the Giro d’Italia and Vuelta a España in 2016 and believes he has more in the tank.
“I am super motivated to join Trek-Segafredo,” he stated on Wednesdsay. “I have learned a lot over the past five years at Quick-Step Floors and I am really grateful for that. But now I feel it’s time for me to take the next step in my career.”
“As a kid, when I saw the Giro on television for the first time, I immediately knew I wanted to become a cyclist myself. The Giro d’Italia is really my all time favourite race and next year I definitely want to make a big result there. I hope to arrive there in the shape of my life and will give it my all during three weeks to hopefully take home a really good spot in GC.”
In his second year as a pro, Brambilla was fourth in the mountains classification in the Giro d’Italia. Now 30, he believes he can chase some of the biggest races in the world. “I also like the Classics in the Ardennes and especially Liège-Bastogne-Liège, but if I am honest, the Monument I like the most is Lombardy. Being an Italian, it would be a dream come true to be able to win that race one day.”
Trek-Segafredo General Manager Luca Guercilena said that he is convinced Brambilla will be ‘of great added value’ to the squad. “He has already proven to be a force in stage races, and will be one of our spearheads in next year’s Giro d’Italia. Gianluca can win stages and go for the GC, but he can do well in one-day races too.”