Piccoli won the 2017 Tour of Southland. Photo: Tour of Southland

Montreal-native James Piccoli joined UCI continental team Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling in June of 2017 going on to race the Tour of Utah, Colorado Classic and Tour of Alberta with the American squad. It was announced on Thursday that Piccoli has extended with the team for 2018.

Piccoli’s stand out results in 2017 included third on Stage 2 of the Tour of Utah. Bested by only WorldTour pros on the climb to Snowbasin Resot, Piccoli finished behind Brent Brockwalter (BMC) and Sepp Kuss who has moved to LottoNL-Jumbo for 2018.

Having raced the Tour of the Gila and Grand Prix Cycliste de Saguenay before joining Elevate-KHS, he went on finish ninth at the Tour of Alberta. Then, urged on by his team manager, Piccoli traveled to New Zealand in late October to race the Tour of Southland which he won.

Photo: Catherine Fegan-Kim

“I was on the verge of retiring before I had the opportunity to join the team in June,” said Piccoli in a team press release. “They took me straight to a four week training camp with my teammates in Park City, Utah. We rode all the stages of the Tour of Utah and that attention to detail really paid off.”

Piccoli, 26, has a pedigree as a strong climber and time trialist giving the American team a strong general classification contender in 2018.

Elevate-KHS also confirmed the resigning of 20-year-old Mexican rider who had top five stage results at the Tour of Taiwan, Tour of the Gila, Tour of Utah, Colorado Classic and Tour of Alberta.

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