Saxo Strengthens Team

Saxo Bank-SunGard continues to re-enforce their team for the upcoming season with two new announcements this week. Firstly the news that Australian Jonathan Cantwell will be stepping up for 2012 – the 29 year old sprinter, who has a respectable string of pro-wins under his wheels, has previously ridden with Fly V Australia and the now defunct Team Pegasus. Commenting on the signing, Saxo Bank’s owner Bjarne Riis says: “Jonathan has won many races in the past four years whilst riding in Australia and the States and has shown he is a winner. I feel he now deserves a shot at the very top level. He is a hard working person and a tough guy, and I believe he can further lift his level. So I see Jonathan as an asset for us in the stage races, when it comes to helping out J.J. Haedo in the sprints, or going for a win himself.” The clearly delighted Cantwell described his signing as, “pretty much a dream come true…”


Saxo Bank-SunGard has also confirmed that Ukrainian rider Volodymir Gustov has signed a new deal to remain with them during the coming season. The domestique, whose career highlights include stage wins at both the Giro d’Italia and Vuelta a Espana in 2006, said, “I have had many great experiences with this team over the years, so for me to be able to stay here just makes me very happy. I like the setup, I like working with Bjarne Riis and the staff and simply enjoy the atmosphere here.”