Swiss cyclist Fabien Cancellara has joined the Luxembourg Pro Cycling Project set up around the brothers Frank and Andy Schleck. Cancellara, Olympic champion in 2008 and four-time world time-trial champion, has signed a three-year contract, having left Danish team Saxo Bank in September.?
“We entered into this project with the objective to become one of the best teams in the sport,” General Manager Brian Nygaard explained. “Obviously signing a rider like Cancellara, we have added one of the most significant athletes and personalities in professional cycling as such. He brings an amazing amount of depth and quality to the project and were extremely proud to have him onboard. With the roster now finalized, the team can focus on consolidating its position and unifying the group. We are now ready to gather everyone in Switzerland for our first team meeting. It will be important that we all get to know each other on a friendly, relaxed basis and make certain that everyone starts the season on the same page.”
“I had many interesting options, but in the end I knew that the project in Luxembourg would have all the ingredients I would need to continue improving myself without skipping a beat,” Cancellara said. “It is a unique mix of familiar personalities with new surroundings which will ensure continuity while instilling a new motivation to make this project the most successful in cycling.”
The Luxembourg Pro Cycling Project, had already announced the recruitment of Germany’s Jens Voigt, Belgium’s Maxime Monfort, Portugal’s Bruno Pires along with the Italians Daniele Bennati, Davide Vigano and Giacomo Nizzolo.