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Bernard and Basso set to show their stripes in Utah and Colorado

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Frenchman Julien Bernard and Italian Leonardo Basso are to debut for Trek Factory Racing at the Tour of Utah from August 3-9. Both young riders will go on to race the US Pro Challenge in Colorado.

23-year-old Julien Bernard, the son of ex-pro Jean-François Bernard, is currently racing with SCO Dijon and has had a prosperous 2015 season, with a win at the Tour Nivernais-Morvan, Châtillon-Dijon and one stage of the Tour du Pays Roannais.

Bernard: “This is a huge opportunity and honour for me. It’s the dream of every amateur rider and I’m very happy that I’ll have the chance to race in places that I don’t know yet. I will try to make the maximum out of this!”

Leonardo Basso is 21 years old and joins the pinstriped team from Team Brilla. He’s a student in Mechanical Engineering at the Padua University and is in his fourth year as an U23. Basso has three wins to his name: the Trofeo Tapparo (2013), the Circuito dell’Assunta (2014), and this season the Trofeo GS Gavardo Tecmor.

Basso: “I’m so happy, I can hardly grasp the size of the opportunity I’m getting here. Trek Factory Racing is one of the biggest teams in cycling, and I can’t wait to join these guys in two of the most important races of the American calendar. I wish to thank Mr. Luca Guercilena for granting me this chance, as well as those at my Team Brilla who helped me to earn it.”

General Manager Luca Guercilena commented: “Both riders are classy, young riders with a lot of potential. They will get their first taste of big-time racing in Utah and Colorado. The rest of their program is still to be decided, but Bernard could race the GP Wallonie, Paris-Bourges and maybe even Paris-Tours. Basso will likely race in Italy after the States in such races as Tre Valle and Milano-Torino.”

“Working talents like Bernard and Basso into our program is a win-win for everyone,” continues Guercilena. “This doesn’t mean they will have a guaranteed place in our team next season, but this is definitely the next step in their development.”

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