Andreas Kugler signed with the Multivan Merida team, effective immediately. The Swiss racer will specialized in marathon races for the team. Together with Hannes Genze, he will compete in international stage races.
Kugler achieved a third place overall at the Cape Epic in March. At the end of April, he left his former team following a contract dispute. Kugler used to ride for Felt International team, a team which recently lost its title sponsorship.
Kugler and Genze have long raced together. At the European Marathon Championships in 2005, the entered the final home straight together and Genze won the race by just a few centimeters over Kugler. The team will do events such as the Trans Schwarzwald, the Trans Germany and the TransAlp Challenge.
Kugler is replacing, Jochen Kass, who is shifting his focus to Olympic distance cross country events.