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“I'm very proud to work for guys like Dan Martin and Ryder Hesjedal. I know my value and I know where I can be useful, these functions work and it is these that I want to be valued as, as has happened previously in the Giro d&rsqu...

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04.09.2014 @ 15:05 Posted by Emil Axelgaard

Keen to build a strong stage racing team around Andrew Talansky and Dan Martin, the merger between Cannondale and Garmin have extended the contract for current Garmin rider André Cardoso. The Portuguese is set to play a key role in future grand tours.

 


André Cardoso has extended his contract with the Garmin-Sharp team for a further two seasons. The Portuguese rider joined the team this year and has been pivotal in supporting the team leaders in the mountains in major races like the Giro d’Italia and the Vuelta a Espana where he is currently racing. 


“I'm very happy to have reached an agreement for two years with the Garmin-Sharp team. I always told my agents João Correia and Ken Sommer I would love to continue as I like how the team works and the people are fantastic, there was no reason to change,” Cardoso said.
 
Asked about how the Vuelta is going, he said, “I'm very proud to work for guys like Dan Martin and Ryder Hesjedal. I know my value and I know where I can be useful, these functions work and it is these that I want to be valued as, as has happened previously in the Giro d’Italia.”
 
Cardoso’s worst finish in a Grand Tour is 21st place overall. He is currently in his fourth 3-week race. Earlier this year he finished 20th overall in the Giro while riding in support of Hesjedal who finished in the top ten.

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