Three stagiaires for Team BAHRAIN MERIDA
BAHRAIN MERIDA Pro Cycling Team add Maxim Pirard and Andrea Garosio as stagiaires for the remainder of the 2018 season, after having already signed and announced Stephen Williams.
Maxim Pirard is a promising Belgian rider – just turned 21 – who has more than ten year experience as a cyclist: he rode in the youth categories both road and track specialties, then when he decided to go to University (Architecture) he had not entirely given up racing, on the contrary he started to do a lot of long distance trainings and since last year he has been also riding Gran Fondo races, winning one in the Alps in Chambery through which he qualified for the World Championships, where he was 3rd. “I took a different path than most cyclists who become stagiaire or pro, that’s true, but I am ready to show what I can do on the highest level with this great team!” says Pirard “It’s really an honour for me to stagiaire at this amazing team which is one of the best in the world. It will be a challenge like none before and I am really looking forward to racing alongside some of the best riders in the world! I am very happy with this opportunity and I will give my best for the team”.
Maxim Pirard has been recommended by Team BAHRAIN MERIDA Sports Director Rik Verbrugghe, who “discovered” him while he was riding Gran Fondo and other kermesses in Belgium and was then impressed by his power output: “We decided to testing him in Italy with our Team Doctor Luca Pollastri and when we saw his data we managed to give him a chance to prove that he has the necessary talent and determination to become a pro one day. I would describe him as an all rounder and climber with skills for the classics.”
Andrea Garosio comes back to Team BAHRAIN MERIDA, for which he already rode as a stagiaire in 2017. Then the 25-year-old climber turned pro with a professional continental team: “This year was an extremely useful one to gain experience in the field of professional races. I could improve rhythm and face longer races than in the Elite category” explains the Italian rider “Now I’m very happy to be there again as a stagiaire. I want to prove that I’ve matured as a cyclist. I want to be helpful and do the tasks assigned to me at best, as I did last year. It’s a huge opportunity to give continuity to this season and end it in the best way”.
Garosio is described as a pure climber by BAHRAIN MERIDA Head of Performance Paolo Slongo: “It’s rare to find a cyclist with this feature. I’ve been watching him personally for a time already, since he was in the Junior category. This is a new opportunity to get to know each other and to evaluate if he is ready for a World Tour team. I believe that he gained a good experience over the past year”.
Coppa Bernocchi 2017 – 99th Edition – Legnano – Legnano 194,5 km – 14/09/2017 – Andrea Garosio – Bahrain – Merida – photo Luca Bettini/BettiniPhoto©2017