Grabsch stays with HTC-Columbia

Former world time trial champion Bert Grabsch will ride for two more years with HTC-Columbia, the team announced Friday.

Former world time trial champion Bert Grabsch has renewed his contract with HTC-Columbia, extending his deal for another two years, the team announced Friday.

Grabsch comes off another successful Tour de France performance where he was seen riding hundreds of kilometers on the front of the peloton working for sprinter Mark Cavendish.

“Bert’s commitment is a very good example for many of our young riders,” team manager Rolf Aldag said in a team release. “He works very hard, is always loyal to his captain and we can always count on him when it comes to a situation where we have to chase down breakaways or need a good time trial result. He showed some incredible performances in the recent Tour de France and paved the way for many of our stage victories in the sprint stages,” added Aldag. “We are happy to plan with him for the next two years.”

Grabsch, 35, won the world TT title in 2008 and joined the High Road organization in 2007.

“I’m happy to be with HTC-Columbia for the next two years,” Grabsch said. “I know what I have in this team. The last three years were very successful here for me and I hope that will continue. I still have the motivation for professional cycling and I get this with HTC-Columbia.”