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by Shane Stokes
March 27, 2018
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Alberto Contador may have hung up his racing wheels but he continues to have an input into the Trek-Segafredo team. Or, more correctly, the team he established before his retirement does. The Polartec-Kometa squad was set up as a feeder team for the WorldTour outfit, and will see one of its top riders moving up to the top level for next season.
Trek-Segafredo announced on Monday that the Italian Matteo Moschetti will compete with the team in 2019 and 2020, thus turning pro with the outfit. He has had a superb start to this year, notching up six wins already, and will return to the squad he had a stagiaire slot with in 2017.
“Matteo is the first recruit from our contintental development team and we are obviously very eager to have him join us,” said Trek-Segafredo General Manager Luca Guercilena. “We had Matteo as a stagiaire in Colorado and were already convinced of his qualities then. However, we thought it was wiser to let him mature one year more in the continental team. With two stage wins in the Tour of Antalya, one stage win in the International Tour of Rhodes, a victory in the International Rhodes Grand Prix and two stage wins in the Tour de Normandie, so early on in the season, I think he has proved he’s ready to step up to the WorldTour.”
Now 21, Moschetti is a former Italian under 23 rider. This year has been his most successful season start to date. “I can say I’m really looking forward to be part of this great team for the next years,” he said. “After being a stagiaire with the team last August in Colorado, I had the chance to get to know them and ever since I have worked a lot to improve. I’m really excited to join Trek-Segafredo in 2019, but first I would like to continue and finish well this season with Polartec-Kometa.”