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by Mark Zalewski
April 15, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Esteban Chaves staying upbeat about debut Tour despite racing calendar disruptions; British Cycling’s new performance director says he will not prevent riders from consulting Shane Sutton; Vos curbing expectations ahead of Amstel Gold Race; Matthews ready for a change of Classics tactics with Sunweb; UCI Track World Championships continue with strong Aussie performance; Jason Kenny to retire before the next Olympics?; CCC-SprandiPolkowice bikes stolen ahead of Amstel Gold Race; Teams using Tour of the Alps as rehearsal for Giro; Belgian federation educating young cyclists to not imitate pros; Mancebo signs with U.S. Continental team Canyon Bicycles Pro Cycling; Putting a stamp on a world title; 2017 UCI Track World Championships, day 2 highlights; Video: Handmade – Brompton Bikes.
Francisco Mancebo has signed to race for the U.S. Continental team Canyon Bicycles Pro Cycling for this season.
Francisco Mancebo at the Tour of California in 2013.
“I’m excited to be returning to the States with Canyon Bicycles Pro Cycling” said Mancebo. “It’s a great team and I’m very happy here.”
Mancebo is a long time pro that was a young hope for Spanish cycling, winning the the maillot blanc at the 2000 Tour de France as best young rider. He went on to finish in the top ten in the GC in subsequent years while racing for the Spanish Banesto team. However, he was implicated in the Operación Puerto scandal and has since bounced around lower-level pro teams, most recently racing for Skydive Dubai. In the 2009 season he raced with the Rock Racing team that was criticised for hiring riders with doping pasts.
He previously guest rode with the team at the 2010 Tour of Utah. While racing in the U.S. he was the top racer in the national calendar in 2011, 2012 and 2013.
“We’re quite pleased to have Paco back, he’s been a good friend of the team and myself” said team owner and primary sponsor, Mike Pratt. “We are hoping he will help us repeat our Tour of Utah success again this year.”
Mancebo will begin racing with the team at the Tour of the Gila next week.