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Warren Barguil drops from WorldTour to Pro-Continental with move to Fortuneo-Oscaro

Joe Robinson
2 Aug 2017

Warren Barguil signs a three-year deal to ride for Pro-Continental Fortuneo-Oscaro after Tour King of the Mountains success

After winning the polka-dot mountains jersey at this year's Tour de France, Warren Barguil has signed a three-year deal with French Pro-Continental outfit Fortuneo-Oscaro. 

With a year remaining on his Team Sunweb contract, Barguil decided that he was ready to return to a French team, choosing Fortuneo-Oscaro. 

Early rumours had Barguil signing for the new French Pro-Continental team Vital Concept, but Fortuneo-Oscaro have secured the signature.

With two stage victories at this year's Tour, Barguil was one of the main animators of the race. After losing time early in the Tour, the 25-year old was able to take victories atop the Izoard and on the descent into Foix. 

Barguil's decision to step away from the WorldTour may come as a surprise to some, but as a proud Breton, there is no doubt the allure of riding for a home team was too much to resist. 

The exciting nature of Barguil's attack alongside his blase consideration of power data has led Barguil to become something of national hero in France, inducing a craze known as 'Wawamania'.

Alongside the Barguil, Fortuneo-Oscaro have also confirmed the signature of experienced Frenchman Amaël Moinard from BMC Racing. 

With the signing of such a marquee name as Barguil, this could suggest that Fortuneo-Oscaro are looking to make the eventual jump to the WorldTour. If this is not the case, with the defending King of the Mountains, the Breton team are almost guaranteed a wildcard entry to next year's Tour. 

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