Pro Continental team Total Direct Energie have announced the re-signing of six riders for the coming season, including Jérôme Cousin and Romain Sicard on two-year contracts, and Rein Taaramäe on a one-year contract.
Taaramäe is the only rider among them to have taken a race victory in 2019, with the 32-year-old Estonian winning the national time trial title for the fourth time in his career. His past victories include stage wins at the 2011 Vuelta a Espana while riding for Cofidis and at the 2014 Giro d'Italia for Katusha-Alpecin, from where he joined his current team in 2018.
Like Taaramäe, 30-year-old Cousin – a stage winner at the 2018 Paris-Nice – will head into his third season with the team in 2020, while 2009 under-23 road race world champion Sicard, also 30, is one of the longer-serving members on the squad, having joined Jean-René Bernaudeau's team in 2014.
🚴♂️Quel plaisir de vous annoncer les prolongations de contrat de @CousinJerom @sicard_romain @fabien_grellier & @PaulOurselin pour les saisons 2020 et 2021, et de @simonsellier & Rein Taaramäe pour la saison 2020 !#AllezTotalDirectEnergie📷: James Startt (Agence Zoom) pic.twitter.com/W5p8ANP1aOOctober 31, 2019