Breton rider goes back to his roots with second division squad

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After winning the polka dot jersey and two stages at the Tour de France, Warren Barguil will leave Team Sunweb for new pastures at Fortuneo-Oscaro for the 2018 season.

Barguil will join the French second division Professional Continental team on a three-year deal, which should see him being able to lead the team at the 2018 Tour de France, something that would not have been possible at Sunweb with Tom Dumoulin expected to target the race.

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Based in Barguil’s home region of Brittany, the team seems like a natural fit for the young Frenchman, who also spent a few months with the team (under its previous name of Bretagne-Schuller) as a stagiaire in 2011.

Speaking about transfer, Barguil said that he was looking forward to helping the team grow and to continue with the attacking riding that won him so many fans at the Tour de France.

“I am very happy to join the Fortuneo-Oscaro team and I have watched the team’s rise in recent years,” Barguil said.

“As was shown at the Tour de France, there is a very solid collective and [general manager] Emmanuel Hubert has the ambition to make the team grow again and to look for results in the biggest international races.

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“We are going to work step by step and not change the things that worked well! By joining Fortuneo-Oscaro, I am team with Breton DNA. In the continuity of my career I wanted a return to the roots.”

Fortuneo-Oscaro has also announced the signing of Amaël Moinard from BMC Racing, who will join the team as a mountain domestique for Barguil.