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Craig Lewis renews contract with HTC-HighRoad

Lewis leads a breakaway on stage 13 of the 2010 Giro d'Italia Craig Lewis will ride his seventh year as a pro with HTC-HighRoad. The American rider, 25, has ridden with the team for three season so far and announced Thursday that he had renewed his contract.

Giro d'Italia 2010, stage 13, Craig Lewis
Lewis leads a breakaway on stage 13 of the 2010 Giro d'Italia

Craig Lewis will ride his seventh year as a pro with HTC-HighRoad. The American rider, 25, has ridden with the team for three season so far and announced Thursday that he had renewed his contract.

This season he rode his first grand tour, the Giro. He rode support for sprinter Andre Greipel and finished eighth on stage 13, after being nabbed at the line after a solo attack.

“Craig showed some good improvement in 2010, with finishing the Giro d’Italia. He made another step forward in his personal development and beside that he is a very reliable team player, always ready to help his team leaders,” said team manager Rolf Aldag. “We expect him to be one of our key riders in our team when it comes to long climbs in one-day classics and hard stages races. Craig was very close to winning a stage in the 2010 Giro, which gives him the confidence that he is able to stay with the best.”

Lewis expects his 2011 calendar to include a start at the Tour of the Basque Country, the Ardennes classics week, and a second shot at the Giro. He’ll also go Stateside to ride in the Quiznos Pro Challenge and the Tour of Utah, where he hopes to ride for the GC.

“The team offers me the best tools to reach my goals and they always secure invites to all of the biggest races,” Lewis said.