Giant-Alpecin sign Kelderman, Kiserlovski moves to Katusha
Wilco Kelderman will ride for Giant-Alpecin, to be known as Giant-Sunweb in 2017 and 2018, bolstering the general classification ambitions of the team.
With Kelderman, Team Giant-Alpecin adds one of the most promising talents in the pro peloton. Having signed Sam Oomen last year, who has already shown strong results at the Critérium International and the Tour de l’Ain in his first year as a professional, along with the recently announced former World junior time trial champion Lennard Kämna and Australian U23 champion Chris Hamilton, Giant-Alpecin continues to attract promising riders with great potential.
About his move, Kelderman said: “I am very pleased to join Team Giant-Alpecin, taking the next step in my career. The team allows me to grow towards a role as a leader for the Grand Tours, using a gradual approach. They are successful with their philosophy, with an emphasis on science and technology, like the focus on being experts in time trial performance, for example. I can learn from the experience they have, as well as from guys like Tom [Dumoulin] and Michael [Matthews], who are from the same generation and having paved the road for me.”
Another move on the transfer market is the that of Robert Kiserlovski who will ride for Katusha in 2017.
Always having served as a super domestique in Grand Tour winning teams, he managed to finish twice in the top ten of the Giro d’Italia himself. Robert Kišerlovski is a rider for the mountains and for the Grand Tours. The last two seasons he was one of the lieutenants of Alberto Contador in Team Tinkoff.
“This is a very nice move for me. I know many people in the team from the past, directors as well as other staff people and riders. With Simon Špilak I find a good friend of mine in the team. On the other hand, I see that Team Katusha has rejuvenated the squad a lot, which is very nice for the future. I can bring my experience to the young guys. I know what Team Katusha expects from me. I can win myself but I am convinced they particularly want to see me work in the mountains. It will be a pleasure for me to guide Ilnur Zakarin to big victories,” said Robert Kišerlovski.
“These last weeks we have strengthened our team a lot for the classics. Katusha, however, wants to continue performing in all races. We will miss the retiring Joaquim Rodriguez in the Grand Tours but a guy like Ilnur Zakarin proved this year in the Giro and Tour that he can take the role as our leader in the Grand Tours. Robert Kišerlovski will be a great asset to the team. He has proven in the last years that he is the perfect teammate to ride in support of the climbers. Robert has the experience, the power and the right mentality,” said Team Katusha General Manager Viacheslav Ekimov.