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by Neal Rogers
July 18, 2017
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Tour de Suisse champion Simon Špilak has extended his contract with Katusha-Alpecin for two years, the team announced Monday.
Špilak, age 31, joined the team in 2012, and has twice won the Tour de Suisse, as well as the 2010 Tour de Romandie and stages in the Critérium du Dauphiné, Arctic Race of Norway, and his home race, the Tour of Slovenia.
“I’m very happy to re-sign with Team Katusha-Alpecin” he said. “I’m feeling very well here and I like how the team works. Furthermore, the staff, managers and teammates are just great and we function as a big family. I’m looking forward to the next two years and the achievements to come for me personally and especially for the team.”
General Manager José Azevedo said that Špilak is “one of the best riders in the world for one-week stage races.”
“His focus will continue to be on this kind of race, and we hope he can achieve more victories in the future for the team,” Azevedo said.