One of the major goals set by the Trek-Segafredo team for the season is to become the number one ranked team in the world.
This it has begun by strengthening both its Classics squad with John Degenkolb. The team also plans to target the Tour de France and other stage races and as such, has signed Alberto Contador.
Luca Guercilena, the team manager is of the belief that Giacomo Nizzolo, an Italian national champion can also improve further. He hopes that Nizzolo can target Milan-San Remo and Gent-Wevelgemin addition to sprints and stages at the Girod’Italia as well.
Segafredo confirmed it has extended its sponsorship until 2020 on Wednesday therefore giving the team registered in the USA, the needed stability to build a long-term future.
Rejuvenating its roster, Trek-Segafredo has added no less than 50% turnover of riders. Alongside Degenkolb and Contadorother new signings by the team includes Koen de Kort, Matthias Brandle, Jarlinson Pantano, the American Greg Daniel, Mads Pedersen and Michael Gogl.
The likes of Frank Schleck, Ryder Hesjedal, and Fabian Cancellara have all retired from professional cycling.
For the last four years, the Movistar team has been on the World Tour ranking. This season saw Trek-Segafredo finish at ninth place. Confirmation by the UCI has it that the World Tour team ranking for 2017 will be carried out based on the rolling world ranking which includes points scored in every race on the calendar.
In an interview with Gazzetadello Sport, Guercilena said:
“We’ll have to be good as a team and have several riders competitive in the finale of races. We’ve got a lot of work to do to build the team, it won’t be easy but it’s a very motivating challenge.”