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by Shane Stokes
August 8, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: Sagan takes photo-finish victory on stage one of the BinckBank Tour; Contador announces he will retire after Vuelta a España; Hansen to ride Vuelta a España after all, will begin 19th consecutive Grand Tour; Gilbert extends for two years with QuickStep, targets victory in San Remo and Roubaix; Trentin signs two-year deal with Orica-Scott; Haas heads to Katusha-Alpecin for 2018 and 2019 seasons; Cort Nielsen to move from Orica-Scott to Astana; Giro d’Italia 2018 to begin with three stages in Israel; Canadian track rider O’Brien out of intensive care; Walmart heirs’ fund becomes majority shareholder in Rapha; Shimano teases new footwear prior to Eurobike; Video: A day in the life of Warren Barguil
Having recently announced the signing of Mikel Nieve, Orica-Scott continues to bolster its lineup for 2018 with the news that two-time Tour de France stage victory Matteo Trentin will race for the team. The 28-year-old Italian moves across from QuickStep Floors on a two-year deal.
“When I got in contact with the team I was straightaway fascinated by the project and the role they saw for me in the Spring Classics,” he explained. “It’s been a great six years with Quickstep Floors but for sure in the next two years I aim to make a further step in the Classics and in other races too.
“I know a few of the ORICA-SCOTT riders from racing in the under 23s in Italy but I really look forward to getting to know everyone better and working well as a team.” He will join current Classics rider Mathew Hayman, winner of the 2016 Paris-Roubaix, as well as Alex Edmondson and Luke Durbridge. Together they will chase success in the Tour of Flanders, the sole Monument yet to be taken by the squad. Trentin will also play an important role in sprint leadouts.
“Matteo has done six years at Quickstep so he has learnt in the best team possible the ‘ins and outs’ of the Flemish scene,” said directeur sportif Matt White. “He has been teammates with the best Classics riders in the world and now it´s his time to shine.
“We have a developing Classics team that has been together for a while now, plus some great older heads. We are led by Mathew Hayman, who has been passing his knowledge onto our next generation of Aussie stars like Luke Durbridge and Alex Edmondson but Matteo will give us that X factor that will only bolster the group’s aim for more success in that very special time of the season.”