Team KATUSHA ALPECIN has reached a two-year contract agreement with Simon Špilak, extending his time with the team through 2019. Špilak, age 31, joined the team in 2012 and has brought many successes over the years.
“I’m very happy to re-sign with Team KATUSHA ALPECIN. I’m feeling very well here and I like how the team works. Furthermore, the staff, managers and teammates are just great and we function as a big family. Therefore, I’m looking forward to the next two years and the achievements to come for me personally and especially for the team,” said Simon Špilak.
General Manager José Azevedo: “When you look at the palmares of Simon, he definitely belongs in the group of the best riders in the world for one-week stage races. His focus will continue to be on this kind of race, and we hope he can achieve more victories in the future for the team.”
Špilak has had tremendous success in his career, especially while racing in Switzerland, most notably taking wins in 2015 and 2017 in the UCIWT Tour de Suisse. This year’s win included an impressive solo victory on Tiefenbach glacier on his way to the overall. In addition, he took top honors in the 2010 Tour de Romandie and has won both the Gran Premio Miguel Indurain and Rund um den Finanzplatz Eschborn-Frankfurt (2013). Špilak has also won stages in the Critérium du Dauphiné, Artic Race of Norway and Tour of Slovenia.
Simon’s next races will be the Tour de Pologne and the Pro Ötztaler 5500 in Soelden, where he won the stage in the Tour de Suisse 2017.
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