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by Shane Stokes
May 16, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: Rafal Majka wins stage 2 at the Amgen Tour of California, takes overall lead; Quintana: It will be difficult to keep the Maglia Rosa in the Giro time trial; Dumoulin relishes Giro TT, wants to gain as much time as possible on Quintana before next mountains; Landa to continue in Giro d’Italia after all-clear given; Vinokourov calls for corruption case to be dismissed; Giro d’Italia race director defends police motorcyclists after stage 9 crash; Giro d’Italia sends ‘signal of hope and solidarity’ to those affected by Italian earthquakes; Felline inks new one year contract extension with Trek-Segafredo; BMC Racing Team promotes Van Hooydonck to WorldTour level; Trek-Segafredo riders highlighting visibility during Giro d’Italia TT stages; Aqua Blue Sport rider says airline destroyed his bike; Video: Giro d’Italia Backstage Pass – Stage 9 Pre Race; Video: Giro d’Italia Backstage Pass – Stage 9 Post Race; Bram Tankink goes wild on Giro rest day; Cannondale-Drapac gets cartoon treatment en route to the Amgen Tour of California
Having been with the Trek-Segafredo team since 2014, Fabio Felline has inked a new one-year extension with the squad, running until the end of 2018. The 27-year-old took the points classification in last year’s Vuelta a España, an achievement which the team says is proof that he is one of the best all-rounders in the peloton.
“I am really, really happy to continue my career with Trek-Segafredo, because I love the environment they have created,” said the Italian. “I genuinely enjoy racing and training with the other riders and working with the staff. This team has given me every possibility to chase my dreams and set new goals because they believe in me. And for me, this is crucial because when I feel the team gives me confidence and strongly believes in my qualities, this makes me perform better.”
He added that he believed the team was the best option for him to continue developing as a rider, and that riders and staff all believed in him. “That’s really all I can wish for. This team is truly amazing!”
General Manager Luca Guercilena said that Felline was always a hard-working professional, but referred to a particular turning point. “After his nearly career-ending crash in last year’s Amstel Gold Race, I saw him turning into one of the most focused riders I have ever worked with. He is determined to be successful and able to go extremely deep during the race.
“This year’s spring classics campaign has shown us once again that Fabio is a purebred all-rounder. From Trofeo Laigueglia in mid-February [which he won with the Italian National team] all the way through Tour de Romandie, where he won the prologue with an incredible combination of speed and steering skills, he has performed at a very constant level.”