DCBank Pro Cycling has announced the final two roster spots on the 2019 roster. The M1 Program based in Vancouver has confirmed the signing of European riders Marko Pavlic from Maribor, Slovenia and Antoine Leplingard from La Roche-sur-Yon, France bringing the roster to 11 for the coming season.
Pavlic joined H&R Block in Nov. 2018 going on to finish third overall at the Tour of Quanzhou Bay and sixth at Tour of Fuzhou. The 25-year-old was on the Israel Cycling Academy team when it was still UCI Continental in 2016.
“I’m really grateful for this opportunity. I look forward to being a strong GC contender through my climbing skills and working hard with my teammates,” said Pavlic about joining the Canadian UCI Continental team for the 2019 season.
Leplingard top result in 2018 was seventh at Paris-Mantes-en-Yvelines but in 2017 he won Stage 1 of the Tour de la Manche and the U23 French Cup Tour de Mareuil.
“Getting involved in the DCBank Pro Cycling Team for the 2019 season is an awesome opportunity. The team will allow me to live my dream, racing at some of the biggest races all around the world and I look forward to meeting my new teammates,” said Leplingard.
DCBank Pro Cycling will kick off their season at the Redlands Cycling Classic from March 13 to 17. The team has a diverse mix of talent with five Canadians: Jake Cullen, Joshua Kopf, Travis Samuel, Thomas Schellenberg and Jean-Denis Thibault; three Europeans: Pavlic, Leplingard and Jure Rupnik; American Gregory Daniel; and Mexican brothers Eugenio and Emiliano Mirafuentes.