late. The US team is a Continental-level outfit and Horner has signed a one-year contract with the team.
The 43-year-old rider is the oldest Grand-Tour champion in contemporary cycling and he would be riding for home III Division team in the coming year. After his stances at 1st Div. World Tour squads such as Lampre-Merida this year, the veteran cyclist did not find any elite team to sign up with for the coming season.
“I have earned huge success with my cycling career & I am very much proud of my achievements”, stated Horner.
“For me, next chapter doesn’t only lie in what I would be able to do as a person yet what I would be able to return to my sport. There were series of options waiting for me this time & what really ticked about this squad (Airgas-Safeway) was their very commitment to ensure success for next-genre cyclists.”
The Bend, Oregon cyclist won California Tour, Vuelta Pais Vasco & Vuelta Espana. His Vuelta victory last year catapulted him as the most veteran cyclist to triumph at one among the 3 Grand Tours.
RadioShack didn’t renew Horner’s contract for 2014 as the team had a management switch & turned to Trek Factory. The veteran rider was roped in by Lampre but he could do little for his squad given his training hit-and-run crash last April & depleted cortisol levels which compelled him to miss out on Vuelta this year.
The 43-year-old rider is one among the Grand Tour champs to bypass retirement & sign up with a squad outside1st & 2nd division. Jose Cobo from Spain, who defeated Chris Froome in Vuelta 2011, rode the 2014 season with 3rd Div. Turkish squad Torku Spor.