Team KATUSHA ALPECIN has reached an agreement with German riders Nils Politt and Rick Zabel for 2-year contract extensions, taking both twenty-four year-olds through the 2020 cycling season.
General Manager José Azevedo had high praise for these riders, noting that the expected results from initials signings in 2015 have definitely come to fruition in both riders.
Nils is a rider who came to us in 2015 so he has been with us in the team for 3 years. Every year we have seen improvement from him. He has shown us this year that he can do very well in the classics with his 7th place in Paris-Roubaix. When we first signed him, we saw a rider with so much potential, and now he is arriving at the maturity we expected. We continue to put our trust in him and he’s a big part of our team. Now we continue our work together. We signed him for 2 more years because we believe he will bring results to the team,said Azevedo.
The general manager also had encouraging words for Rick Zabel: Rick has been doing his job very well. He’s a strong rider and in the lead-out, he’s doing perfect work for our leaders – last year for Alex (Kristoff) and now for Marcel (Kittel). Apart from this work he is doing, I think Rick at 24 years old can also be a winner and I think this is the next step for him. We know he can do the lead-out, but we also believe he can win. We are happy with the improvements we have seen from him in the team and we want to keep him. Our goal when we initially sign under 23 riders such as Nils or Rick, is to prepare for the future of this team and turn them into the leaders of our team.
Photos: Kathrin Schafbauer