Francisco Ventoso to Continue Mentor Role with Continuum Sports11. September 2018, Santa Rosa, California (USA) — Road Team
Vuelta a Espana and two-time Giro d’Italia stage winner Francisco Ventoso has extended his contract with Continuum Sports beyond the 2018 season, a move that will see the Spanish rider continue his road captain role.
General Manager Jim Ochowicz highlighted Ventoso’s experience and ability to mentor young riders as key factors for his contract extension.
“Francisco Ventoso is currently in his 15th season as a professional cyclist so there are not many riders in the peloton with his level of experience. In his two years at BMC Racing Team, Francisco has demonstrated excellent road captain and mentor skills for the young riders which makes him an asset to the team. He has played a crucial role in the classics season, as well as at stage races and Grand Tours, so Francisco’s versatility means we can send him to any race and count on him to support the team,” Ochowicz said.
“Francisco is a team player on and off the bike. His professionalism and positive attitude contribute significantly to the team dynamic and for this reason we are very happy to extend Francisco’s contract for the 2019 season.”
The 2012 Spanish road race champion has 27 professional wins to his name, as well as 14 Grand tour and 35 Monument participations.
“I feel really good in the team. It was really important for me to continue with the team because this year I continued to enjoy my time on the bike, in training and races. I am happy here so it was an easy decision to re-sign with Continuum Sports. I was part of the team in the fantastic spring classics season in 2017 and although it’s really difficult to repeat this kind of success, this is the ambition and goal for me to be there again to support Greg Van Avermaet and the team in the best races of the season,” Ventoso said.
“We will see some changes with CCC as the new title sponsor and new riders coming to the team, but the structure will more or less be the same and I am excited to see what the team will look like in 2019. I want to say thank you to Jim Ochowicz for working hard to find a sponsor and for the confidence he and the team have in me.”
In keeping with team policy, no other details of the contract were released.