Fabio Felline and Trek-Segafredo agreed on a one-year contract extension through the end of 2017. The 26-year-old Italian has been with the team since 2014, and in that time he has developed into an adamant all-rounder, his green jersey at this year’s Vuelta being the most conspicuous example of his wide range of skills.
Fabio Felline: “I am really happy to continue my career with Trek-Segafredo, because in this team I have found a special group of colleagues and teammates, which is for me really important. If you get along well, and if you feel good with the teammates and the staff, you also feel the serenity to do your work without any problems. I had the strangest of seasons with my crash in Amstel Gold Race, but the team didn’t forget about me. This human aspect I’ve encountered in our team was a really important point for me. You know, the team treats me as a person, not just a rider, and that is for me of utmost importance to be able to give it my all.
“At the beginning of this season, my goal was to make a step forward as a rider. But of course my development and growth this year was abruptly stopped by my crash in April, after which I had to stay off the bike for two months. On the other hand, when I look back at it now, since my comeback in Poland I have been in the front in approximately 50% of my races at the WorldTour level. So I have to be happy about that. For sure, it has not been a complete season, but I definitely want to continue in this direction.”
General Manager Luca Guercilena: “Fabio has been very professional since the beginning, but I have to admit I am very, very proud of the way he behaved after his horrifying crash in this year’s Amstel Gold Race. He was really focused on his recovery and worked hard to be back on the bike as soon as he could. It was a long and hard road, but when he took 2nd place overall in the Tour of Poland, we knew right away he was back, and in a big way! How he took and defended his green jersey in the Vuelta was world class. With top-3 places on very diverse parcours, he proved to be able to surpass himself and to surprise everyone.
“It goes without saying we are very pleased to have re-signed Fabio. With the development he has undergone, I expect him to continue to show us some great things in the next season.”