Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank Signs Timothy Duggan and Evgeny Petrov
American National Champion Timmy Duggan and Russian Evgeny Petrov have agreed to deals of a respectively one year and two year duration with the Denmark-based team. Japanese Takashi Miyazawa has extended his existing contract for another year.
the team's success."
"It has been a fantastic experience to be part of Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank in 2012," Miyazawa explained and added "As a bike rider I have learned a lot during my first year with the team. The whole setup here is very professional and the rider and staff groups are just great, so to be able to continue on this team, and to be able to continue to represent Japanese cycling on the highest level is something that makes me very proud."
Some pro cycling analysts view the signing of Petrov and Miyazawa as a move made to please the team sponsors who have special interests in both the Russian and Japanese markets. Other analysts view the signing as a result of the team's need to strengthen its roster to be able to remain part of the increasingly competitive WorldTour on a longer term.