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Matthews ‘wasted energy’, amphetamines link in Rumsas case: Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

September 26, 2017

Matthews: ‘I think I wasted a lot of energy’; Amphetamines seized during inquiry into Rumsas’ son’s death; Herrera blames cycling career for skin cancer; Gogl extends with Trek-Segafredo, Naesen Jr signs with Lotto-Soudal; Small retires and transitions into DS role for Team Virtu Cycling; Wiggle High 5 extends contracts of Longo Borghini and Cordon-Ragot; Knol announces her retirement from professional cycling; Kennedy and Davids take Battle Recharge; Giro’s Israel start generates debate; Video: Helicopter view of last four kilometres of 2017 UCI Road World Championships; Video: Peter Sagan after world championship victory; Video: Martyn Ashton Rides Whistler

Gogl extends with Trek-Segafredo, Naesen Jr signs with Lotto-Soudal

by Shane Stokes

Gogl crashed during the Tour de France, where he rode in support of Alberto Contador.

Having performed well during his first season with Trek-Segafredo, including a top-ten finish in the Amstel Gold Race, Michael Gogl has been given an early contract extension. Although he was already set to race until the end of 2018 with the team, they have both agreed to push this out by an additional 12 months.

“I am really happy about my first year with the team. I found everything I could have hoped for,” the Austrian rider said. “Trek-Segafredo is for me the right place to develop myself as a rider. The team offers me the perfect surrounding and excels by its professional way of working.

“This year I did my first Classics campaign in the Ardennes and I was really satisfied. After my eighth place in the Amstel Gold Race I started to believe the Ardennes Classics might be my thing. So, in the years to come I will look to obtain even better results in these races. I want to work hard to be able to improve further in that direction.”

Meanwhile the younger brother of Belgian champion Oliver Naesen has signed a two-year deal with Lotto-Soudal, stepping up to the WorldTour level for 2018 and 2019. The 25-year-old competed with the WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect team this year and placed third behind Wout Van Aert and Mathieu van der Poel in the Ride Bruges in June.

“The past years I set some big steps and I want to keep on working to make progress,” he said. “I can survive tough races and I’m fast at the finish. I have proven that I can play along for victory in 1.1 races and I want to show that next year too. It’s a motivation to do as good as Oliver and to even do better. For the spectators it is nice to see us battle against each other.”

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