Gallery: Giant Shimano close season with 'Fan Day'

WorldTour team meet the fans in Holland

While the majority of teams and riders have disbanded for their well-earned rests and their post-season celebrations, Giant-Shimano organised an event in Limburg on Wednesday specifically for their fans and sponsors.

The majority of the team’s riders – from both the men’s and women’s teams took part with riders signing autographs and casually chatting to fans.

“Fans could have their photo taken with us, and we had a cut out of Marcel Kittel wining at the Tour that the fans could pose with. It was great just to meet people without having the stress of a race,” Chad Haga told Cyclingnews.

“It was a great way for us just to say thanks. The other highlight for me was when Lawson Craddock busted out an American football. We ended up playing this weird hybrid of American football and rugby with the European riders. It was really good to close the season out before we all go our separate ways.

Claudia Hausler was part of the women’s squad at the event.

“We were there to be close to the fans and it was really relaxed. It was great seeing all the young kids who love cycling, looking at you with their big eyes…helping to inspire them made it special,” she said.

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