Starting slowly, the day slowly became animated in terms of CycleMercato 2021. After the announcement, already anticipated yesterday evening, by the Wines Zabù Brado KTM who hired Kamil Gradek and the surprising newcomer to the house Androni – Sidermec, he thought about it Eolo – Comet with his triple blue engagement to increase the pace. In a short time, further announcements arrived from all over the world and at all levels, with once again NTT Pro Cycling, which next year will be called Continue – Assos, protagonist. The South African team has in fact made the renewals of Carlos Barbero e Nicholas Dlamini, both affected by injuries (shocking that of the African rider) in this 2020 from which they expected a lot. In 2021 they will thus have the opportunity to redeem themselves in a team that has confirmed their trust.
Instead, come to a professional level Tobias Bayer, whose arrival at Alpecin – Fenix had been anticipated in recent weeks, but was today confirmed by Tirol KTM, the line-up with which he was racing this year. In view of a very ambitious season, the Belgian professional team is trying to strengthen on all terrains and the 21-year-old Austrian, seventh this year at the Giro del Friuli Venezia Giulia, represents an interesting addition to the climbs, the terrain in which the team currently he is rather unguarded.
Among the young people, the arrival of the 20-year-old should also be noted Nicholas Agostini to the General Store-Essegibi-F.lli Curia, which is continuing to build its staff for next season. Born in 2000, the Trentino rider is a climber with a good quick start. In his third year in the U23 category, for him the arrival in a formation with a continental license is an important opportunity to get noticed and compare even in the most important stages to show his qualities.
From Spain comes the renewal of Garikoitz Bravo, 31-year-old Basque who has signed a renewal with Euskaltel Euskadi. Experienced racer, in his career he has never achieved first-hand success, but he has often distinguished himself for his dedication to the team and to his teammates, also showing himself with actions from a distance. To close the career is instead Pablo Torres, a 1987 class rider who after seven seasons at Burgos – BH flew to Japan two years ago to race with the Intepro Cycling Academy, with which he won a stage at the Tour of Japan, his only victory among career professionals. After a very difficult 2020, without being able to race almost never except in the national championships, he decided to hang up the bike “in the absence of an interesting project”.
He won’t run again, but he’ll help young Australians do it, Simon Gerrans He has engaged with the InForm TM Insight Make Team as a Pathways Coordinator, a figure who will help create career paths for talents. Born in 1980, the four-time winner of the Tour Down Under, as well as of Milan – Sanremo and Liegi – Bastogne – Liegi, he is one of the precursors of the local movement, with a long career that began in 2005 in France, and then also raced with Sky, Orica and BMC until he retired in 2018 at the age of 38.
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