American Chad Haga will get his chance to ride for some podiums next year, as his team Giant-Alpecin announced Tuesday it has resigned him for another two seasons.
The 27-year-old, who got his professional start with Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies in 2011, joined Giant for the 2014 season. The team said he will have some opportunities to ride for some results moving forward after spending his first two seasons working for his teammates.
“Chad has shown progress during the two years he has been with the team, and we are happy to extend his contract,” Giant coach coach Rudi Kemna said in a press release. “He will play an important support role while also having the chance to achieve some results of his own.”
During his time at Giant, Haga has served as a domestique, although he did manage to finish ninth in a Giro d’Italia stage this year.
Haga finished second in the mountains classification at the Critérium International in March. At the recent UCI Road World Championships, Haga and his Giant teammates finished fifth in the team time trial, up from eighth a year ago.
“It has been a great two years with this team, and I’m happy to have another two in an environment that pushes me and provides many opportunities at the highest level,” Haga said. “Team Giant-Alpecin has shown great success in the long-term development of riders, and I’m proud that the team sees so much potential in me. I look forward to seeing what the coming seasons will bring.”
Also re-signing with Giant were German Johannes Fröhlinger, who will stay on the squad for another two years, and Swede Tobias Ludvigsson and Dutch rider Tom Stamsnijder, who re-upped for one season.
Giant will lose its star sprinter Marcel Kittel, who severed his contract a year early to race for Etixx-Quick-Step next season. The team, however, seems to be positioning itself to contend for grand tour overall victories, as it re-signed Warren Barguil and Tom Dumoulin to long-term contracts through 2018.