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by Shane Stokes
September 20, 2017
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Haga in his European base of Girona. The Texan is one of several Americans in the town.
Having played a big role in helping Tom Dumoulin to victory in this year’s Giro d’Italia, American rider Chad Hagan has inked a new two-year deal with Team Sunweb. The 29 year old will be part of the squad until at least the end of 2019.
“I’m really happy to extend with the team,” he said on Tuesday. “After being with the team for four years I feel really comfortable with my role here and am continuously challenged. I’m really happy supporting our GC guys like Tom [Dumoulin] and Wilco [Kelderman] and hope to continue to build on the successes that we have achieved together. This season was the best year so far and I hope that our progression as a team will continue in the coming years. I look forward to seeing what the future holds.”
Team Sunweb’s head coach Rudi Kemna said that Haga is a key part of the squad. “Chad is an important link to our general classification team and over the years has developed into a rider that plays a crucial support role when the team are racing towards these goals. His strength in the time trials as well as in the mountains provide added value to the team and it’s great that we can continue to benefit from his strengths for the coming two seasons as we look to build on our GC capabilities.”
Also extending is Roy Curvers, who has been with the team since 2008 and has become one of its road captains. He will compete for one more season, then become part of the team’s coaching staff. “This team has grown into one of the best in the world and all of the leaps that we have made as a team have challenged me to develop as a rider and keep me motivated,” he said.
“After being with the team for 10 years, it feels like family to me so I never considered the possibility of leaving as an option.”