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The Synergy Baku Cycling Project, an Azerbaijani UCI Continental cycling team sponsored by Synergy Group, announced Monday that former pro and Paris-Roubaix champion Johan Vansummeren will join the team as an advisor.
— Baku Cycling Project (@BakuCycling) April 24, 2017
“I am very grateful for this opportunity,” Vansummeren said in a press release. “Together with the Cycling Federation of Azerbaijan, I would like to convey my knowledge to the riders of the team and I want to help them achieve their greatest dreams.”
Vansummeren was forced to end his professional career early due to a heart anomaly. “I am very happy that I can now begin my second career in cycling,” he said. “Hopefully we can achieve great things.”
“I met with Johan in Brussels during the UEC Meeting and discussed his future view after he finished his career,” said Farhad Aliyev, General Secretary of the Federation. “I was impressed by his enthusiasm to continue working in cycling, and invited him to Tour d’Azerbaidjan as an advisor to our riders. We hope this step will help our riders as well, in achieving results now and at races in the future.”