Continuum Sports, the management company behind the BMC Racing team that will be sponsored by Polish shoe brand CCC in 2019, have signed Italian sprinter Jakub Mareczko (Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia) as they continue to rebuild their roster after losing a series of big-name riders.
Mareczko was born in Poland but moved to Italy with his parents when he was four years old. He has raced with the Wilier Triestina team since 2015, winning 35 races thanks to a powerful sprint finish. Many of his victories have come in minor races in Asia but he has started the Giro d’Italia three times and taken a number of placings. He was second behind Elia Viviani in on stage 2 of this year's Giro d'Italia to Tel Aviv.
Mareczko steps up to WorldTour level as he approaches his 25th birthday. As per team policy, Continuum Sports did not reveal the duration or any other details of Mareczko's contract. He will join forces with team leader Greg van Avermaet and other new signings Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (from Wanty-Groupe Gobert), Will Barta (Hagens Berman Axeon), Serge Pauwels (Dimension Data), Simon Geschke (Team Sunweb), Szymon Sajnok and Amaro Antunes (CCC Sprandi Polkowice), Gijs van Hoecke (LottoNL-Jumbo), and Josef Cerny (neo-pro).
Michael Schar, Nathan van Hooydonck, Joey Rosskopf, Francisco Ventoso and Alessandro De Marchi will all cross over from BMC, but a significant number of other riders have signed with other teams. These include Dylan Teuns (to Bahrain-Merida), Danilo Wyss (Dimension Data), Alberto Bettiol (EF Education First-Drapac), Tejay van Garderen (EF Education First-Drapac), Rohan Dennis (Bahrain-Merida), Stefan Kung (Groupama-FDJ), Jurgen Roelandts (Movistar), Brent Bookwalter (Mitchelton-Scott), Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo) and Kilian Frankiny (Groupama-FDJ).
CCC have also confirmed they will create a women's team by merging with the WaowDeals team lead by Marianne Vos.
"I'm very happy to join a WorldTour team for the first time in my career. With my Polish heritage, it is particularly exciting to join Continuum Sports when CCC come on board as the title sponsor," Mareczko said.
"I hope to learn as much as I can from my new teammates and contribute to the team's success. My first ambition for the 2019 season is to be competitive in the biggest sprint races and hopefully get my first WorldTour victory."
Mareczko will not have a dedicated lead-out train but Continuum Sports team manager Jim Ochowicz is convinced the team can help him in sprint finishes.
"Jakub will have the opportunity to work with an established performance team and learn from some of the best riders in the peloton. Although Continuum Sports has never been a team dedicated to sprinters, we have many riders in the roster who will make a valuable lead out for Jakub in the sprint finishes," Ochowicz said.