Pierre Rolland signs for Vital Concept

09 August 2018 09:50
After two seasons with Jonathan Vaughters' EF Education First-Drapac squad, Pierre Rolland will drop down to Pro Continental level and return to a French team, signing for Vital Concept Cycling Club on a two-year deal. The team was created by Jérôme Pineau last autumn and started racing this year, with sprinter Bryan Coquard the team's leader. Rolland has known Pineau since 2008 and the pair had spoken when the team was being established, but Rolland still had a year to run on his contract with EF-Drapac.  "When it came to making my choice for the next two seasons, joining the Vital Concept Cycling Club was obvious," said Rolland. "It was a project that really grabbed my attention, the one that excited me the most."ADVERTISEMENT The 31-year-old Frenchman started his career with Crédit Agricole in 2007 and then joined Jean-René Bernaudeau's Direct Energie team - then known as Bbox Bouygues Telecom and later as Europcar - in 2009, where he stayed for seven years. In 2011 he finished 10th overall at the Tour de France, winning a stage atop l'Alpe d'Huez and also winning the white jersey for best young rider. The following year he won another mountain stage and finished eighth overall. His best Grand Tour placing came at the 2014 Giro d'Italia, where he was fourth overall, while he was 11th and 10th at the 2014 and 2015 Tours. In 2016 he joined Vaughter's American-registered team and switched his ambitions to stage hunting in the Grand Tours. That came good at the 2017 Giro when he won on stage 17, which was one of two wins - along with a stage of the 2017 Route du Sud - for the team. This year he finished eighth overall at the Critérium du Dauphiné but was unable to make any impact in the mountain breaks at the Tour.  — Vital Concept Cycling Club (@VitalConcept_CC) August 9, 2018 You can read more at Cyclingnews.com . read full article

Source: Cycling News