Trek-Segafredo is happy to announce that 2016 Tour de France revelation Colombian Jarlinson Pantano will join the team for the next two years. Pantano, 27, is a strong climber who has shown an aptitude for stage races, winning stage 15 of the Tour and stage 9 of the Tour de Suisse this season.
Pantano, currently racing with IAM Cycling, turned professional in 2007 and showed early promise in his first years, finishing third and winning the mountains classification in the esteemed under-23 Tour l’Avenir in 2010.
Pantano has accumulated numerous top-10 results in the overall classification of short stage races, including fourth in this year’s Tour de Suisse and 8th in Volta ao Algarve.
Pantano: “This team has always drawn my attention. It’s magnificent to join my dream team starting January 2017! It goes without saying that my stage victory in this year’s Tour de France has changed things a lot for me, but it doesn’t prevent me from keeping my feet on the ground. So my ambitions for next year are pretty simple. First of all, I want to support the team and do my job as well as possible in whatever the team asks me to do during the race for our leaders. Secondly, I want to adapt to the team, to all the riders and the staff; I am excited to join the Trek family! And last but not least, when I get an opportunity to go for the win, I will give it my all.”
General Manager, Luca Guercilena: “I am convinced Jarlinson will be of great added value to the team. He has already proven to be a force in stage races, and will be a great support for our GC riders in the Grand Tours. And, as we have witnessed this year, Jarlinson can win stages and go for the GC in one-week stage races. He performs very well in mountain stages, and can do well when it comes to a sprint with a reduced group. We are excited to have him join Trek-Segafredo next year.”