The transfer comes after the Italian has loved the strongest begin to the season of his eight-year professional profession. The 28-year-old has racked up stage wins on the Volta a Valenciana, Volta a Catalunya, and final week on the Critérium du Dauphiné along with prime 10 finishes at Catalunya, Tirreno-Adriatico, and La Flèche Wallonne.
Ciccone was unlucky to overlook out on main the staff at Might’s Giro d’Italia after coming down with COVID-19 within the lead-up to the race, however he’ll now head up the rebranded Lidl-Trek on the Tour de France subsequent month.
He has been with the staff since shifting on from Bardiani-CSF for the 2019 season and has taken Giro d’Italia stage wins at Ponte di Legno and Cogne in Trek colors. Ciccone mentioned that he “could not be happier” to increase his stick with the staff to 9 years.
“The need to increase my contract till 2027 is not only knowledgeable alternative, however a life alternative. I’ve determined to spend the perfect years of my profession with this staff, this group, this household. My relationship with Trek will lengthen to 9 years and I could not be happier,” Ciccone mentioned in a staff press launch.
“A singular relationship has been created between me and the staff. From 2019 to current we’ve got constructed a bond of belief that’s now bearing great fruits. It was not all the time like this, as a result of earlier than we acquired to the place I’m now, we additionally went by troubled occasions. However mutual belief has by no means been missing.
“Because of that, I’ve all the time managed to select myself up and are available out of probably the most sophisticated moments of my life as a rider.”
On the Tour de France, Ciccone is ready to be joined by climbers Mattias Skjelmose and Bauke Mollema, in addition to sprinter Mads Pedersen, although the Lidl-Trek staff has but to be confirmed.
He is in good kind following his Giro miss, main the peloton dwelling for fourth place on stage 6 of the Dauphiné earlier than triumphing from the day-long break with a 20km solo effort on the ultimate stage to La Bastille.
Crew normal supervisor Luca Guercilena referred to as Ciccone a “distinctive expertise” within the sport and hinted that the staff would construct round him going ahead.
“We believed in Giulio from the very first second,” he mentioned. “He’s a pure expertise, his extravagant strategy to biking makes him a singular character within the sport. He has competitors in his DNA, he loves successful, and regardless of the race, he places on a present.
“Giulio is an enchanting rider, a bit old school, and that’s the reason we need to maintain on to him. Now, the time for maturity has come. Collectively, we’ve got set massive objectives for the longer term. We are going to do no matter it takes to present him the perfect assist and to see him carry out all his expertise.”