Gazprom — RusVelo signed the contract with the 23-year-old Italian rider Simone Velasco.
This season Velasco is riding for the Italian team Neri Sottoli – Selle Italia – KTM. In his young age, he already has four pro wins, among them are: victory at Trofeo Laigueglia and a stage-win at Settimana Coppie e Bartali.
Simone Velasco said: "I am very happy that we've reached an agreement with the team Gazprom — RusVelo. I am sure I made the right choice. The race program for the next season suits me great and at the same time challenges me for new achievements. I will do everything possible to claim new victories with Gazprom — RusVelo".
Michele Devoti, Sport Director of Gazprom — RusVelo on the newcomer: "Simone Velasco is one of the top-three best young Italian riders today, so we were not the only team interested in him. I am glad that we've agreed, and he will ride for us next season. He is a very strong and talented athlete, who already proved that with his results. I am certain that Simone will perfectly integrate in the squad and will achieve new victories with Gazprom — RusVelo".