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Grégory Rast joins Leopard-Trek for 2012-13

Swiss rider Grégory Rast will join his compatriot Fabian Cancellara on pLeopard-Trek for the 2012 and 2013 seasons, the team announced Monday.

2011 Paris-Roubaix
Rast in the 2011 Paris-Roubaix. Photo: Graham Watson | www.grahamwatson.com

Swiss rider Grégory Rast will join his compatriot Fabian Cancellara on Leopard-Trek for the 2012 and 2013 seasons, the team announced Monday.

Rast, 31 and currently with RadioShack, was fourth in this year’s Paris-Roubaix and is a former winner of the Tour of Luxembourg. He’s also been top-ten at the Tour of Poland and the 4 Jours de Dunkerque.

Team manager Kim Andersen said, “Grégory is a strong and stable rider that will fit in perfectly well with the team. He has proven to be one of those riders that love to ride races like Paris-Roubaix and the Tour of Flanders. Grégory is a big engine and he will be a worthy support rider to Fabian Cancellara in the cobblestone classics.”

Rast said he is looking forward to riding with Cancellara next season: “The Tour of Flanders is my all-time favorite race. Over the years I have also learned to love Paris-Roubaix. I’m really looking forward to racing alongside Fabian, who I have known since we were both juniors. I’m hoping to support him towards success in those races.”