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by Mark Zalewski
November 25, 2016
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Van Garderen will focus on Giro d’Italia in 2017; Interview: Louis Meintjes, future Tour de France star?; A team on the brink: Avanti-IsoWhey Sports’ fight for survival; Emakumeen Bira denied Women’s WorldTour status; Brajkovic signs with Bahrain-Merida; Pellaud joins Team Illuminate; Is Coca-Cola good for cyclists?; Simon Zahner taking applications for development riders; Team Dimension Data unveils new kit; Gent-Wevelgem to include unpaved roads in 2017.
Swiss rider Simon Pellaud has signed with American Continental Team Illuminate for the 2017 season. The 24-year-old steps down to the third division as the IAM Cycling team closes its doors.
“This year it was really, really hard to find something as exciting as Illuminate, and I’m really happy about getting my signature down there, because for me I’ve always said that my dream would be to ride once in America and ride the American tours,” Pellaud said.
“I was already looking for a team in America before I signed with IAM Cycling, but I had this chance to sign with IAM so I extended that until a little bit later, but here I am.”
Pellaud said he had to tell the American team about this plan in order to assure them about moving down the ranks.
“I mean I’m coming from a WorldTour team, and he wasn’t sure about my motivation to come down to a Conti team in the US,” Pellaud said. “But after a while he understood that I have great motivation to come there. The market was so hard to find something here in Europe. I had the possibility of staying with a Continental team in Europe, but when I had the opportunity to ride for Chris I didn’t even think about staying and riding in a small Continental team here.”
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