December 11, 2015 (Gatineau, QC) – Frederick Gates of Cyclisme Outaouais, announced that former Airgas-Safeway rider, Emmanuel Gagné will race for team Santé Universelle/Marin Bikes next season. Team director Frederick Gates was very happy to add the promising young rider to his squad for the 2016 season.
“I met Emmanuel at the beginning of summer in 2014 when we raced together for Marin Bikes during the mountain bike ‘Opus Epic 8 Hour Relay Race’ in Mansfield, Ontario. His enthusiasm and passion during the race really struck me. When the door opened to sign him on, I took it. He’s a perfect fit for the team’s philosophy. It’s going to be an exciting season.” said Gates.
Gagné had joined Airgas for the 2014 season after a stellar stint as a junior. This past season he was a teammate of veteran pro cyclist and 2013 winner of the ‘Vuelta a Espana’, Chris Horner. Training and racing with Airgas allowed Emmanuel to gain valuable experience in the pro peloton.
When asked why Gagné had decided to join his Canadian elite Trade Team, Gates responded “It’s strange to say, but he will have a chance to take part in more races and take on more responsibility as one of the leaders on the team. He was also inspired by the team’s energy and vision”.
Gates stated that Gagné will have a major role to play in the success of the team. “Emmanuel brings a lot to our team. He already possesses an impressive array of experience in racing, a positive energy and a desire to leave it all on the course. At only 20 years old, he will already have a positive influence on his teammates”.
Before joining the pro ranks, Emmanuel Gagné showed his potential and his talent as a junior. He won stage 2 of the ‘Tour de l’Abitibi’ while also grabbing two other podium finishes during the 45th edition of the race in 2013. The Tour d’Abitibi history book shows some interesting facts, many international stars such as Steve Bauer, Laurent Jalabert, David Veilleux and Tyler Phinney made their marks in this iconic international stage race before having great success in their professional careers.
The official announcement of the 2016 complete lineup will be made next week. Cyclisme Outaouais will announce, at the same time, the members of its new development team.