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by Shane Stokes
August 24, 2017
In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Lutsenko wins stage 5 of the Vuelta a España; Tour du Poitou-Charentes: Bouhanni wins stage 2; Hodeg wins stage 6 of the Tour de l’Avenir; Van Garderen: ‘We’re headed in a good direction’; Chaves jumps to third overall; Illness puts Degenkolb out of Vuelta España; Stannard extends until 2020 with Team Sky; Reijnen and Bernard extend with Trek-Segafredo; Family of cyclist killed in Kansas City race file wrongful death lawsuit; Video: Andorra Epic Ride; Video: Top 10 Epic Fails in Cycling; Video: Adam Yates post-race interview, Stage 5 Vuelta a España
American rider Kiel Reijnen and young Frenchman Julien Bernard have both been given two year contract extensions with the Trek-Segafredo team, and will remain on board until the end of 2019. “Trek Segafredo has been an even better fit than I could have hoped for,” said 31-year-old Reijnen. “From the first team camp to my first Grand Tour, the team has been supportive in helping me find my place in the peloton.
“It has been an honour to work with the Trek Segafredo staff and to help my team leaders achieve their goals. I’m looking forward to another two years shredding the curves, bumping shoulders in the sprints, and leaving it all out on the road with my teammates.”
Bernard is the son of former top pro Jean-Francois Bernard, and is a good climber. He made his Grand Tour debut in last year’s Vuelta and competed in the Giro earlier this year. “My adventure with the team started two years ago at the Tour of Colorado, and I am thrilled to stay with the team for two more years. I like this environment a lot, and I feel really at home here, both with the riders and the staff.”
He said that his goal is to become more successful. “I am convinced I can win races and to prove that by winning at least one, but hopefully doing more races will be one of my main goals for the years to come.”
Team Manager Luca Guercilena praised both. “Julien has made an impressive progression since he joined the team two years ago as a stagiaire,” he stated. “He is every inch a professional and has a very consistent level throughout the year. Just like Julien, Kiel has also improved a lot over the last two years. I believe he has found his way and his place in the team and the WorldTour peloton.”