Tosatto and Boaro extend with Saxo Bank-SunGard, Mol stays with Vacansoleil
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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Tosatto and Boaro extend with Saxo Bank-SunGard, Mol stays with Vacansoleil

by VeloNation Press at 7:03 PM EST   comments
Categories: Pro Cycling
 
Two year deals confirmed as end of season approaches

Wouter MolMore details have emerged of the contract arrangements beyond the end of this season, with Matteo Tosatto, Manuele Boaro and Wouter Mol (pictured) all agreeing to stay with their current teams.

The Italians Tosatto and Boaro have extended for two more years with their Saxo Bank SunGard outfits, stating they are pleased with where they are currently competing.

“I couldn't imagine going anywhere else as I have been extremely happy to be part of Saxo Bank-SunGard,” 37 year old Tosatto said. He joined prior to this season and feels that he has settled in well. “The atmosphere within the team is fantastic, and despite me not getting any younger, working with Bjarne Riis and his staff have fuelled me with new motivation.”

According to Riis, there was little thinking to be done when it came to keeping him on board. “It was an easy decision to renew Matteo's contract. Everybody on the team likes to work with him, his work ethic is outstanding, he has a lot of experience and, first and foremost, he has been good throughout the whole year.” He added that he felt he managed to be strong in the Classics and also in the Giro d’Italia and Tour de France, where he rode in support of Alberto Contador.

Italian time trial championship runner-up Boaro is heading towards what will be his second year as a professional and he wants to continue learning in the squad. “I really feel I have grown as a rider in this team, and I'm sure I can continue this development next season,” he stated. “So to be able to stay with Saxo Bank-SunGard and keep working with Bjarne Riis, the sport directors and our coach is perfect for me. [It] has been a goal of mine since joining the team.”

Riis praised his attitude and indicates that he has seen enough from the 24 year old to believe he deserves the chance to remain with the team. “He is still in the middle of a learning process, but I definitely see a potential for him to grow,” he explained. “I want to give him some more time to develop.”

As for Mol, he is heading towards his fourth year with the Vacansoleil-DCM team and what will be his seventh under the guidance of Daan Luijkx. His best result to date was last year’s Tour of Qatar, where he won overall. This season has been a relatively quiet one for the 29 year old, although ninth in the GP Stad Zottegem and 14th in the GP Ouest France showed that his form was solid enough.

He said that he has had a good chance to grow with the team and hoped to ride well after a good winter’s training.

According to team manager Hilaire Van Der Schueren, he is important to the team not just for his performances, but also for how he helps guide the younger riders.

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