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Trek announced today that they have signed on Trixi Worrack and confirmed the signing of Audrey Cordon-Ragot for the new UCI Women's WorldTour Trek Factory Racing team. Worrack, 36, comes across from the Canyon-SRAM team, an organisation she has been with since 2012. The German overcame the loss of a kidney - the result of a crash in the 2016 Trofeo Alfredo Binda - to resume her position at the top of the sport, but with the need race a less intensive schedule and to take more recovery days. The former German champion looks forward to focusing her efforts on mentoring new riders in the Trek team, and working under fellow German Ina Teutenberg, who will be a directeur sportif along with Giorgia Bronzini.ADVERTISEMENT "After some years in the same team, it will be a great challenge joining Trek. I am very excited." Worrack said in the team press release. "I am really looking forward to working again with Ina (Teutenberg), who I have raced with for many years and of course know very well. Trek has put together an incredible roster, with experience and young talent together, and I am excited and motivated to help this team and see what we can accomplish." The 2019 Trek roster includes Elisa Longo Borghini, who will be joined in the squad by current Wiggle High5 teammate Audrey Cordon-Ragot, Trek confirmed on Wednesday. "Obviously it's really exciting to be part of this new project. Trek has put together a real professional team, something I have missed in women's cycling from the beginning of my career," Cordon-Ragot stated. "This will allow me to do my job and not have to think about other things other than just riding my bike. I would like to be as good as I can for my teammates and to promote an excellent picture of women's cycling which is really important for me. I want to help grow it.
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Despite hinting earlier this year that 2018 might be his final season, 18-year pro Svein Tuft has signed up for a least one more year, penning a deal with US Pro Continental team Rally Cycling after riding for Australia's WorldTour Mitchelton-Scott and Orica teams for the past eight years. Tuft told Cyclingnews earlier this year that 2018 could be his last season, and he admitted in May that the Giro d'Italia would likely be is last Grand Tour, leading to speculation that the Canadian planned to retire. But that changed for Tuft when Rally performance director Jonas Carney, Tuft's former teammate on Prime Alliance in 2002, visited him in Spain. "The chance to ride for a North American team with a bunch of Canadians came along in Rally Cycling and I couldn't refuse," Tuft said in a statement released by the team. "Sharing all that I have learned is what motivates me these days, and I couldn't imagine a better team to do that with. One of the aspects I've really enjoyed on my current team, Michelton-Scott, has been sharing my years of experience with the younger fellas. The chance to do that with my fellow North Americans making that jump to Europe was very appealing to me."ADVERTISEMENT Tuft, an 11-time and reigning Canadian time trial champion, is a powerhouse rider known for his ability to drive the bunch. During his career, the 41-year-old Canadian has anchored team time trial squads that claimed stage wins at the Tour de France, Giro d'Italia, Eneco Tour and Tirreno Adriatico. Carney said that signing an experienced rider like Tuft was important for the 2019 roster. With veteran rider Danny Pate retiring after this season, the role of experienced mentor opened up. "We have a lot of talented young riders on our team who are capable of making the transition to Europe, and it's important that we have a veteran rider with lots of European experience to mentor those guys," Carney said. "For three years Danny Pate filled that role, but with Pate retiring and our European schedule expanding, it was more important than ever that we fill that position. Svein was the perfect fit for us. He knows all the races, is well respected in the European peloton, can operate as a road captain and sets a great example off the bike."
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After storming to the top of the standings the day before, Kasia Niewiadoma (Canyon-SRAM) held onto her race lead on the final day of racing at the Tour de l'Ardeche to take the overall title. Along with the race victory, Niewiadoma won the combined and mountains classifications in the six-day race. Niewiadoma moved into the leader's jersey on the penultimate day of racing after making it into a two-rider break with Sunweb's Ruth Winder. The American would take the stage win, but Niewiadoma would build a significant advantage in the standings. She went into the final stage with a 41-second lead over Spain's Marga Garcia Canellas and more than doubled it on the lumpy parcours. After a difficult season, it is a morale boost for Niewiadoma ahead of the UCI Road World Championships, which start later this week. "I'm very happy because this is a result of hard work from our entire team," said Niewiadoma. "We were committed and motivated from the start until the end. It's nice to celebrate it together and to have this feeling of satisfaction. We suffered a lot, learnt a lot and we gained a lot. Now, I'm going to Girona to recover for a few days and then I will fly to Innsbruck for the most important race of the season, the road world championships."ADVERTISEMENT Van der Breggen, Blaak headline Boels-Dolmans team time trial line-up Boels Dolmans have named a strong line-up that includes Anna van der Breggen and Chantal Blaak as they look to regain their team time trial world title in Innsbruck this weekend. The six-rider team has just one change to the one that finished second in Bergen last year with Amalie Dideriksen replacing Megan Guarnier in the squad. Completing the team will be Christine Majerus, Amy Pieters and Karol-Ann Canuel. Having finished second in Richmond 2015, Boels Dolmans took their first team time trial world title in Doha in 2016. There were some big changes to the line-up for last year's competition but they were still the overwhelming favourites for the title. They struggled to match the benchmark set by the Sunweb team and eventually ceded 12 seconds to them and had to settle for the silver medal. This year will be the final opportunity for the team to take the top honours. Koppenberg signs for WNT-Rotor Fournier signs for Movistar Canyon-SRAM name Worlds TTT line-up
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Mikel Landa (Movistar) has admitted that it is going to be difficult for him to ride the Road World Championships in Innsbruck after a fractured rib and vertebrae left him unable to train seriously for a month, and forced him to miss the Vuelta a Espana. Landa crashed out of the Clasica San Sebastian on August 4 after finishing seventh overall at the Tour de France. Movistar hoped he could recover to lead the team alongside Alejandro Valverde and Nairo Quintana. However, Landa was still in pain as the Vuelta a Espana began and he has spent recent weeks trying to find some end-of-season form. Spanish national coach Javier Minguez named Landa in his initial long-list of riders for Innsbruck and put his trust in Landa to decide if he can perform on the testing Innsbruck circuit on Sunday September 30.ADVERTISEMENT Movistar teammate Alejandro Valverde will lead the Spanish team, with Enric Mas (Quick-Step Floors), Ion Izagirre (Bahrain-Merida), Mikel Neive (Mitchelton-Scott), Jesus Herrada (Cofidis) and the Team Sky pairing of David de la Cruz and Jonathan Castroviejo also confirmed in the team. Omar Fraile (Astana) will replace Landa if he opts not to ride. Landa lined up for the Giro della Toscana on Wednesday and will also ride the Coppa Sabatini race on Thursday before deciding if he is fit enough to join the Spanish national squad at a pre-worlds training camp in Sierra Nevada. "It's going to be difficult… I've trained hard in recent weeks but I had almost a month without making any major efforts," Landa told Cyclingnews before the start of the Giro della Toscana. Staying with Movistar in 2019
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Bora-Hansgrohe have confirmed the signing of the talented young German rider Max Schachmann on a two-year contract. Schachmann joins the team having spent his first two seasons as a professional with Quick-Step Floors. Schachmann has quickly built upon the promise that he showed as an under-23 during his time at Quick-Step. This season, in particular, has been a good one for the German, who produced a strong ride at the Ardennes Classics that saw him take a top 10 finish at Fleche Wallonne. He later won a stage victory at the Giro d’Italia in a nail-biting finale on Prato Nevoso, claimed a bronze medal in the time trial at the European Championships and recently took third overall at the revived Deutschland Tour. “I am really happy about this step. As a German pro, to ride in a German team is perfect. My colleagues told me that the team, its structures and the spirit is great,” Schachmann said in a team press release. “I am really happy to join them for the next two years. How the team has developed the last years is promising, especially for German cycling, and I am happy to become part of this journey. I also think that this highly professional environment will help me to develop as a rider. Now it’s up to me to become part of the Bora-Hansgrohe success story with some results in the future.”ADVERTISEMENT The 24-year-old is the third new signing for the Bora-Hansgrohe team after Oscar Gatto and Jempy Drucker. The move brings him together with two of Germany’s other top-five ranked riders in sprinter Pascal Ackermann and Emanuel Buchmann. General manager Ralph Denk highlighted the importance of having the three under the same umbrella and hopes that the signing of Schachmann will expand the team’s horizons “There is not a lot to say about Maximilian’s big potential, he already proved it several times this season. I am super happy that with Ackermann, Buchmann and Schachmann we now have three key riders of German cycling united at Bora-Hansgrohe,” said Denk. “In our first two WorldTour seasons, people quite often looked at us as the 'Sagan-Team.' Of course, Peter is the biggest star of our sport and draws a lot of attention, but in his slipstream, our young guys proved this year that Bora-Hansgrohe is more than 'just' Sagan. “This move is also important to me as we want to underline our German roots. We want to be successful in the future, but not only with Peter, but also with our German-speaking talents. Maximilian has potential on all terrains, yet he will need some time and patience to develop within the team. I am really looking forward to that common path.”
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