The Trek-sponsored Luxembourg Pro Cycling Project has signed Classics King and World Time Trial Champion, Fabian Cancellara to a contract that will see the Swiss powerhouse riding for the team for the next three years.
By adding Cancellara’s name to the roster, the management has succeeded in gathering together one of the most formidable groups of riders in the sport today. "We entered into this project with the objective to become one of the best teams in the sport," General Manager Brian Nygaard explained. "Obviously signing a rider like Cancellara, we have added one of the most significant athletes and personalities in professional cycling as such. He brings an amazing amount of depth and quality to the project and we’re extremely proud to have him onboard.” With the roster now finalized, the team can focus on consolidating its position and unifying the group. “We are now ready to gather everyone in Switzerland for our first team meeting. It will be important that we all get to know each other on a friendly, relaxed basis and make certain that everyone starts the season on the same page," Nygaard confirmed.
Though there were many teams who would have loved to have Cancellara join their ranks, for his part the four-time World Champion for the Individual Time Trial has said that he always intended to join a team that could from day one help him grow as a cyclist and a human being. "I had many interesting options, but in the end I knew that the project in Luxembourg would have all the ingredients I would need to continue improving myself without skipping a beat," Cancellara said. "It is a unique mix of familiar personalities with new surroundings which will ensure continuity while instilling a new motivation to make this project the most successful in cycling."
With his position with the team solidified, Cancellara will be competing on Trek products for at least the next three years. While most of his time will be spent on the Tour-tested Madone 6.9 there is a lot of excitement to see what the time trial specialist can do on Trek’s Speed Concept. “Signing Fabian to the roster is an outstanding addition for this team and adds serious depth,” Trek’s VP of Product and Marketing Joe Vadeboncoeur said. “The level he is riding at right now is incredible and our team is going to do everything we can to keep him there and hopefully push him further.”
When it comes time to select the squads for the biggest races like the Tour, the Giro and Paris-Roubaix, the team management will be in the enviable position of having a surfeit of qualified riders from which to choose. "As far as the quality of riders and indeed staff goes, we really are lucky enough to have a tremendous line-up of people," Nygaard added. "It does mean that we have quite a responsibility living up to our own high expectations – on all levels. But we are confident in the abilities of this great group of people and proud to be taking this project forward for all the fans of professional cycling.”