Jarlinson Pantano to join Alberto Contador at Trek-Segafredo in 2017

Colombian Tour de France stage winner Jarlinson Pantano will team up with Alberto Contador at Trek-Segafredo.

Jarlinson Pantano wins stage 15 of the Tour de France (Sunada)
(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

Jarlinson Pantano is set to add to Trek-Segafredo's roster of climbing talent when he joins for the 2017 season.

The Colombian, 27, is to leave the soon-to-be defunct IAM Cycling at the end of 2016 and team up with Alberto Contador at the American team.

Pantano was one of the revelations of this year's Tour de France in the final two weeks, winning stage 15 and placing second on stage 17 and 20; he eventually finished 19th overall.

His performances in the Tour, coupled with his strong showing in the Tour of Switzerland where he won the final stage and placed fourth overall, saw him heavily linked with Trek and he confirmed the deal back home in Cali, Colombia.

"Next year, God willing, I change teams,” he told elcolombiano.com. “I have already signed a contract with Trek where Alberto Contador will be, and we will be a part of this team."

Pantano raced on the Pro-Continental outfit Team Colombia from 2012 for three years and has enjoyed steady progression at IAM, culminating in his Tour win, which he says fulfilled a lifelong aspiration.

“Since I was a child I dreamed of being in the Tour de France, one day I watched the television, and I yearned to be there and today I can say that I have won a stage," he added.

"There are people that have been riding the Tour for 10 years and have not been able to win. Thanks to God I have done it in two years."

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Chris Marshall-Bell

Chris first started writing for Cycling Weekly in 2013 on work experience and has since become a regular name in the magazine and on the website. Reporting from races, long interviews with riders from the peloton and riding features drive his love of writing about all things two wheels.

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