Konrad, Schelling and Fabbro extend contracts with BORA - hansgrohe
Tour de France stage winner Konrad is to continue with a free role in the team, while Schelling and Fabbro will continue their development, in the direction of one-day races and stage races respectively. All three riders have extended their contracts with the German WorldTeam for two years.
"Firstly, I’m happy that we were able to agree on contract extensions with these three riders, who are very important for us. Patrick belongs with us, our connection over the many years together goes far beyond just sports. He is an extremely versatile rider and perhaps that is why it was at times difficult for us to get the best out of him in the last few years. But I think we have found a very good role for him now and we will continue to try to win more races with him in the future and place less emphasis on the general classification.
Ide has progressed through an impressive development. One can’t forget that he only turned pro with us last year, the first year of the pandemic, which was a very difficult season. However, he made a big step this year, was strong in the spring Classics, took his first win, and made it to the Tour de France. It was there in particular where one could see why we like having him so much at BORA - hansgrohe. This passion with which he fought for the mountains jersey, that probably describes Ide best. He has character, is an extraordinary person and we are confident that much is still possible and that we will continue to enjoy our path together with him.
Matteo has also improved a lot. He has shown this year that he is not only a good helper in the mountains, but can also ride for results. He will certainly receive some chances in the future. We also see potential in him, because he is a hard worker and is very methodical in his progress. That fits in very well with the approach within the team of gradually bringing riders up to the top." - Ralph Denk, Team Manager
"BORA - hansgrohe has essentially become my home. I feel comfortable here and racing with the guys is very enjoyable. I have been with the team since 2014, back then as a stagiaire, and since then I have continuously developed as a rider. Winning a stage of the Tour de France gave me a lot of confidence and I'm eager to achieve more. I want to continue to ride offensively, support the team and win races in the future. There is still potential to improve, I am convinced of that, and I want to follow this path together with BORA - hansgrohe. I'm really looking forward to my upcoming years with the team." - Patrick Konrad
"I’ve found my place at BORA - hansgrohe and that’s why I am very happy to be able to extend my contract for two years. The curve of my development over the past two years has been quite steep, which is the result of hard work, a professional environment, but above all individual cooperation. For me, this individual approach is very important, it shows that there’s an element of trust between us. We've already achieved a lot together, including my first win and first Tour de France participation, but we still have a lot to do together." - Ide Schelling
"Two years ago, I became part of the Band of Brothers and found it to be a very professional environment. The two years prior, I wasn’t really able get a foothold in the peloton due to injuries, but at BORA – hansgrohe, all of that changed. Ralph Denk and the entire team had a lot of confidence in me, which gave me the strength and motivation to work hard towards our goals. I think my development speaks for itself and is the result of a highly successful collaboration, which is why I really wanted to continue here. Our goal is to progress on our common path with as much determination as ever, and I will do everything I can to continue to reward the trust that has been placed in me." - Matteo Fabbro