Enrico Gasparotto will ride for Dimension Data in 2019. He joins the squad from Bahrain-Merida, where he has spent the past two seasons. The 36-year-old has carved out a reputation as something of an Amstel Gold Race specialist over the course of his career, winning the race in 2012 and 2016, and placing third in 2010 and once again this season. Gasparotto will join 2018 Amstel Gold Race winner and fellow new signing Michael Valgren in a much-strengthened Dimension Data Classics squad next season. The former Italian champion has performed consistently in the Ardennes Classics during his career, and took 6th at this year's Liège-Bastogne-Liège.ADVERTISEMENT "I'm really excited and looking forward to 2019. After 14 years as a professional rider I'm joining a group of completely new people who I have never worked with before. It means that at the beginning it will take a bit of time to get to know each other but that only makes me more enthusiastic," Gasparotto said. "It's a great possibility to show the real 'Gaspa,' and by that I mean the person as well as the cyclist. Right now, I'm like a kid at the first day of school! New people who for sure will become friends later." Gasparotto turned professional with Liquigas in 2005, when he was a surprise winner of the Italian national title in Montesilvano Marina. He wore the pink jersey on the 2007 Giro and later rode for Barloworld and Lampe before joining Astana in 2010.
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