Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank adds Duggan and Petrov, re-signs with Miyazawa

[14.11 12:14] Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank has added another three names for their 2013 roster.
American Timmy Duggan and Russian Evgeny Petrov have agreed to deals of respectively one year and two years with the Danish based team. Japanese Takashi Miyazawa has renewed his contract for another year.

30 year old Timmy Duggan won the U.S. National Road Race Champion in 2012 while riding for Liquigas. He had orginally signed for Canadian Team SpiderTech for the 2013 season, but then became available, when the team decided to postpone its racing activities for the coming year in order to focus on a 2014 World Tour bid.
As a part of Duggan’s move to Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank, SpiderTech will become a partner of Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank in 2013.

34 year old Evgeny Petrov joins Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank from Astana. In 2010, he achieved one of the biggest results of his career, when he won stage 11 of the Giro d’Italia.

34 year old Takashi Miyazawa signed with Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank last year and since then, proved himself to be a solid lead-out man for the team’s sprinters.

“We are getting close to finalizing our 2013 roster, and with the confirmation of these three riders, we are adding solid depth in different areas of the team. Duggan is a climbing allrounder, Petrov a strong allrounder and Takashi a great helper when setting up a sprint for his team mates. I believe these guys will bring great value to our roster, and I look forward to them joining our team for next year,” team owner Bjarne Riis says.

Timmy Duggan says:
“I am thrilled to join Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank. After my previous team turned out the lights, I was left scrambling for a job, but luckily Bjarne saw a good opportunity in me and felt that I would be a good fit for the team. So I am thrilled to make a late signing into a fantastic situation. Throughout my career I’ve admired Bjarne’s world-class focus on the team aspect of cycling and I always wanted to be a part of that. For me there are already many friends and familiar faces on the team, so combined with the focus on team building I know it will be a comfortable and effective environment.”

Evgeny Petrov says:
“For me it is a fantastic opportunity to ride for such a strong team as Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank, and personally I also take pride in riding for a team co-sponsored by a Russian company. So I’m really looking forward to the challenge and to meet my new team mates. I believe we have a very strong team in many kind of races, and I will do my best to contribute to the team’s success.”

Takashi Miyazawa says:
“It has been a fantastic experience to be part of Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank in 2012, and as a bike rider I have learnt a lot during my first year with the team. The whole setup here is very professional and the rider and staff groups are just great, so to be able to continue on this team, and to be able to continue to represent Japanese cycling on the highest level is something that makes me very proud.”