Continuum Sports, currently operating as BMC Racing Team, is excited to welcome Serge Pauwels in 2019 with the Belgian set to bring a wealth of experience to the team.
General Manager Jim Ochowicz highlighted Pauwels' professionalism and aggressive racing style as key factors behind his signing.
"Serge Pauwels is an excellent addition to the Continuum Sports roster in 2019. The classics will continue to be a big focus for us and Serge's experience at Liège-Bastogne-Liège and Il Lombardia will be invaluable. Throughout his career, Serge has also demonstrated his versatility in stage races, including victory at the 2017 Tour de Yorkshire and third place this year behind Greg Van Avermaet, as well as Grand Tours, where he is often racing aggressively in breakaways as we saw at the Tour de France," Ochowicz said.
"We are excited to see what Serge can do when he joins us in 2019 and believe we can offer him a lot of opportunities to race for personal results, as well as playing a key teammate role alongside Van Avermaet."
The 34-year-old, who was teammates with Greg Van Avermaet when Van Avermaet won Olympic gold in Rio in 2016, has 12 Grand Tour and 17 Monument participations to his name, a testament to his experience since turning professional in 2006.
Pauwels couldn't pass up the opportunity to join Van Avermaet at Continuum Sports next season when Polish company CCC become title sponsor.
"I was not really looking to change teams. I had four great years with MTN Quebeka and Team Dimension Data and the Qhubeka charity will always have a place in my heart, but then this opportunity came along and I felt like I had to grab it. I have only been teammates with Greg twice with the Belgian national team and of course, the most important one was the Rio Olympics where we were roommates so we both carry a really nice souvenir from that. Even though we have never raced on the same team we are good friends, so I'm excited to finally race together. Greg is not only a great rider because of his palmarès but also the way he races," Pauwels explained.
"Of course, it's early to talk about my objectives for 2019 but from my discussions with the team I think we will stick to a similar race program. I hope to line up at the races that have been part of my program in the last few years, like the Tour de France, and remain the kind of rider that I am. I want to continue racing aggressively, the way I have been racing already with Team Dimension Data, and I'm looking forward to doing that with Continuum Sports."
In keeping with team policy, no other details of the contract were released.