Swedish rider Magnus Bäckstedt has signed a two year contract with the American team Slipstream/Chipotle. Bäckstedt thus joins David Millar, Dave Zabriskie, Christian Vandevelde and recent signing Julian Dean at the Jonathan Vaughters-managed squad.
After turning professional for Collstrop in 1996, the popular Swede has ridden for Palmans, Gan, Credit Agricole, Fakta and Alessio. He has spent the last three years with the Italian Liquigas outfit.
"I feel that it is time for a new start and I am extremely attracted by the programme and values of Team Slipstream/Chipotle," said Bäckstedt. "Jonathan Vaughters and myself were teammates at Credit Agricole, as soon as I spoke with him regarding the possibility of me joining the team, I knew it was the right decision.
"I believe that with riders such as myself, Millar, Zabriskie and Vandevelde joining guys like Danny Pate, we can make a significant impact on some major races next year. From my own perspective I have a big following in the USA and am really looking forward to getting stuck into races such as the Tour of California and racing for an American team."
Bäckstedt is hoping that his new team will be invited to next year's Paris-Roubaix, the race that he won in 2004. "I think Slipstream/Chipotle will be a breath of fresh air for cycling," he said. "I'm sure we will get a ride in Paris Roubaix and we will be on the start line for the Tour de France."
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