Can­cel­lara joins the Sch­lecks

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FABIAN CAN­CEL­LARA, the world time trial cham­pion, has signed a three-year con­tract with the Lux­em­bourg Pro Cy­cling Project where the Swiss will ride along­side the Sch­leck broth­ers.

Can­cel­lara signed a new deal this week as the Swiss rider brought an end to his four-year re­la­tion­ship with Bjarne Riis’s Saxo Bank team.

Brian Ny­gaard, team man­ager at the newly-formed Lux­em­bourg Pro Cy­cling Project, de­scribed the pair­ing of Can­cel­lara and Andy Sch­leck, the Lux­em­bourger who fin­ished sec­ond to Al­berto Con­ta­dor at this year’s Tour de France by just 39 sec­onds, as “one of the best teams in the sport.”

“We have added one of the most sig­nif­i­cant ath­letes and per­son­al­i­ties in pro­fes­sional cy­cling,” Ny­gaard added.

Can­cel­lara’s trans­fer will sur­prise few in cy­cling.

In­deed, fol­low­ing the an­nounce­ment that Andy and his older brother Frank were leav­ing Riis’s team, a num­ber of Saxo Bank rid­ers – Jakob Fuglsang, Jens Voigt and Stu­art O’Grady – con­firmed they were fol­low­ing the Sch­lecks.

Lo­cal cy­cling fans will be in­ter­ested in the fact that Den­mark’s Fuglsang won the 2008 Cape Epic moun­tain bike race – be­tween Knysna and Som­er­set West – with team­mate Roel Paulis­sen.

“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.

Can­cel­lara was the last ad­di­tion to the Lux­em­bourg-based team, which is ex­pected to un­veil its name at an of­fi­cial launch on Jan­uary 6.

Ny­gaard, mean­while, has said that the new team will be tar­get­ing the over­all gen­eral clas­si­fi­ca­tion in the Tour de France.

“I’m happy that the team is per­fectly placed to make its mark in the grand tours and most im­por­tantly find the top step,” he said. “To be a part of a Tour win­ning team is one of the most beau­ti­ful ac­com­plish­ments any pro cy­clist can hope for.”

Fabian Can­cel­lara

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