Simon Pellaud: The 'Swiss-Colombian' finds a home at Androni-Sidermec

Simon Pellaud
Simon Pellaud at the 2019 Tour de Romandie (Image credit: Getty Images)

When IAM Cycling closed their shutters at the end of 2016, Simon Pellaud was one of many riders left out in the cold. He had spent two years in the WorldTour by that point, and twice completed the Vuelta a España, but no team offered him a contract that winter. Professional cycling has always been a remorseless business. A return to normal life awaited. So it goes.

Cycling had seemingly finished with Pellaud but the Swiss decided that he had not yet finished with cycling. 

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Barry Ryan
Head of Features

Barry Ryan is Head of Features at Cyclingnews. He has covered professional cycling since 2010, reporting from the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and events from Argentina to Japan. His writing has appeared in The Independent, Procycling and Cycling Plus. He is the author of The Ascent: Sean Kelly, Stephen Roche and the Rise of Irish Cycling’s Golden Generation, published by Gill Books.