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by Shane Stokes
August 8, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: Sagan takes photo-finish victory on stage one of the BinckBank Tour; Contador announces he will retire after Vuelta a España; Hansen to ride Vuelta a España after all, will begin 19th consecutive Grand Tour; Gilbert extends for two years with QuickStep, targets victory in San Remo and Roubaix; Trentin signs two-year deal with Orica-Scott; Haas heads to Katusha-Alpecin for 2018 and 2019 seasons; Cort Nielsen to move from Orica-Scott to Astana; Giro d’Italia 2018 to begin with three stages in Israel; Canadian track rider O’Brien out of intensive care; Walmart heirs’ fund becomes majority shareholder in Rapha; Shimano teases new footwear prior to Eurobike; Video: A day in the life of Warren Barguil
Following a strong season where he clocked up ten top-five results, including fourth overall in the Santos Tour Down Under and fourth in the Amstel Gold Race, Nathan Haas has completed contract negotiations with Katusha-Alpecin.
The 28-year-old Australian will move to the team at the start of 2018, beginning a two year contract which he hopes will help him move to the next level in the sport. “I am happy to sign with Team Katusha-Alpecin,” he stated. On Monday. “I have achieved many top results but now I want to go one step further and would like to win races. The way like Katusha-Alpecin races, full of passion, dedication and no doubt commitment to their leader, has always impressed me.”
Haas was part of the Genesys Wealth Advisers team early on, winning races such as the Japan Cup and the Jayco Herald Sun Tour. He moved to Garmin-Sharp in 2012 and won the Tour of Britain, then moved to Team Dimension Data prior to the start of the 2016 season. Now Katusha-Alpecin will be his next destination.
“We are happy to announce the signing of Nathan,” said general manager José Azevedo. “He brings to us his strength in both the Ardennes classics and one-week races. He’s an interesting rider as he is basically an all-rounder in that he is strong and experienced in sprint finals but is also an option to support a leader in a key role for stages races.”