Nizzolo extends contract with Trek-Segafredo until 2018

Italian sprinter hoping to turn placing into victories

The Trek-Segafredo team has announced that Italian sprinter Giacomo Nizzolo will stay with the team for the next two seasons.

27-year-old Nizzolo won the red points jersey at the Giro d’Italia but again failed to win a stage and was relegated from first place in the final sprint in Turin after closing the door on Sacha Modolo.

Nizzolo joined the professional ranks with Leopard-Trek in 2011 and has developed with the team. He has won 13 races since then, most recently the GP du canton d'Argovie in Switzerland, on the back of his Giro d’Italia form. He will target the Italian national road race title this Sunday before focusing on the second half of the season. He is not due to ride the Tour de France.

“Trek-Segafredo is like a family to me, it wasn’t a hard decision to re-sign with the team. (Team manager) Luca (Guercilena) has been a mentor for me during all those years, and I couldn’t imagine a better team for me to continue my development and progression,” Nizzolo said in the official announcement fro the US-registered team.

“I feel really good in this team. I keep developing and growing as a sprinter. There is obviously still room for improvement, given my three victories versus twelve second and third places this season, but I’m determined to keep working hard."

Guercilena is working on rebuilding the Trek-Segafredo team for 2017 after the arrival of the Italian coffee brand as a second sponsor and the retirement of Fabian Cancellara at he end of 2016. Cyclingnews recently revealed that John Degenkolb is expected to join the team and Guercilena has held talks with Alberto Contador. Bauke Mollema is also close to signing a new deal with the team.

“We are very pleased to have reached a new agreement with Giacomo. Over the last six seasons, he has been our go-to sprinter, and he has really become a flagship rider for us. The difference between winning and second is sometimes really small, which is why we will continue to develop his talent even more and help reach his full potential."

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