Groupama-FDJ has confirmed the signing of Swiss rider Stefan Küng on a two-year contract. Küng is the first confirmed signing for the French team, who have extended with a number of riders, including Arnaud Demare.
Küng departs from BMC Racing after turning professional with them in 2015 and is the latest in a long line of riders to leave the team following their protracted search for a sponsor. He will be one of three Swiss riders on the team with Steve Morabito and Sebastian Reichenbach already in the line-up.
The 24-year-old is a double Swiss national time trial champion and has world and European titles in the individual pursuit. He is also an experienced Classics campaigner, riding in support of Greg Van Avermaet during his time at BMC. He hopes to use his skills to help new teammate Thibaut Pinot in Grand Tours and Demare in the Classics.
“I look forward to joining Groupama-FDJ. I always kept an eye on the results of the team, especially through the eyes of my compatriots Sebastien Reichenbach and Steve Morabito,” he said in a team press release. “As soon as we spoke with Marc Madiot, we immediately understood each other. This team offers me the structure for an optimal personal development. Groupama-FDJ has seen my potential and offers me a role to match my ambitions. Around leaders like Arnaud Demare and Thibaut Pinot, my rider profile will be a plus.
“I will be able to bring my experience on team time trials for example, especially on the Grand Tours with Thibaut. And then on the Classics of the beginning of the season, we will be perfectly complementary with Arnaud, which will allow us to adopt a much more offensive tactic in the race.”
Küng had been linked with a move to Groupama-FDJ since mid-July, despite Jim Ochowicz finding a sponsor to save the BMC Racing Team. In his fourth year as a professional rider, Küng has ridden four Grand Tours already and won the team time trial with BMC at this year’s Tour de France.
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