Andrea Pasqualon has renewed his contract with Wanty-Groupe Gobert for two years. The 29-year-old Italian is thus expanding his successful opening year at the team. The man with the fast legs finished on the podium in Tour du Poitou Charentes, Arctic Race of Norway and Tour des Fjords. In the Coppa Sabatini at the end of September, he beat Colbrelli and Ulissi in order to take the victory in Peccioli. The cheerful Italian also made his debut in the spring classics by starting and finishing in Tour of Flanders, Amstel Gold Race and Liège-Bastogne-Liège and in Tour de France, his first grand tour. Now the team can count on him for two more years.
"I am very happy to extend my contract for another two seasons. In this team I found a great feeling with both staff and teammates. This is why 2017 was my best year in professional cycling so far. The first part of the season was tough as I was not accustomed to riding at high level but after Tour De France everything has changed in me."
"I acquired a lot more power and conviction in my means and have achieved great results crowned by a victory at the end of the season in Coppa Sabatini."
"Next year it is a really important year for me as I feel I can win some high level races. For this reason it will be important to make a great winter at home and in the various training camps with the whole team."
"I want to thank Jean-François Bourlart, Hilaire and all the sponsors for believing in me right away and for giving me this chance for the future."
Hilaire Van der Schueren:
"Andrea showed in 2017 that it was not a wrong choice to sign him. He came from another level in 2016 (Team Roth), and then he had to adjust to another intensity of races, especially in the spring classics and Tour de France."
"But thanks to the experience he gathered this year, he will be able to advance to an even higher level in 2018. He can certainly perform in tough races like Amstel Gold Race, but also in Tour of Flanders. We will have to make a program choice in the near future."
"We are both glad that he is part of our team. Otherwise he might still be riding for a smaller Italian team. He is now part of the Wanty-Groupe Gobert family, which makes him a cheerful rider."