Gazprom — RusVelo continues to strengthen the team roster for the upcoming season
Multiple-time medalist of Russian track and road championships Sergey Shilov is to join Gazprom — RusVelo in 2018, whilst Alexey Rybalkin obtained the place in the team until the end of 2019.
General Manager of Gazprom — RusVelo Renat Khamidulin shared his opinion about the newcomer and explained further perspectives for Shilov and Rybalkin: “We have been interested in Sergey (Shilov) since long ago, he raced for Lokosphinx and got valuable experience in both track and road races. This year Sergey showed great results in the mid part of the season taking over two victories at the professional level, which justifies his potential and ability to confront the stronger contenders. Sergey has powerful finish abilities, so he will strengthen our sprinter’s train and we will give him the leading role in the most appealing for him races. We have reached the agreement for one season with an option of extension.
Alexey Rybalkin got an extended contract for two seasons, which means that we are confident in his development. Alexey is a very talented rider, who is keen on mountainous road courses. In his first two seasons in the elite cycling Alexey justified himself as a hard working rider, however he was not lucky with injuries. We have discussed the plan for the concluding part of the season and upcoming year. Alexey is set up to work for the highest results and the squad is ready to support him.”
In the recent months Sergey Shilov was in a great form and has won two significant one-day races in Italy and Spain. Also he claimed the bronze medal in Russian national championship. Sergey is happy to sign a contract with Gazprom — RusVelo: “I have always wanted to compete at the professional level and I am very pleased that this moment has finally come. I showed good results in several decent races in Spain, but as a professional athlete you should always strive to improve, to achieve more and to compete with the best. I want to express my appreciation to Gazprom — RusVelo, I am certain that I will be able to quickly integrate in the squad and start bringing value. It’s a new chance for me and I will do everything possible to take advantage of it and demonstrate my best skills. I look forward to wearing Gazprom — RusVelo jersey and achieving new heights together with the team.”
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