Janier Acevedo will not renew with the WorldTour team Cannondale-Garmin and instead will return to the US-based Continental outfit Jamis for the 2016 season. The addition of Acevedo completes the Jamis team’s 10-man roster for the upcoming season.
“We are really excited to have Janier Acevedo back into the Team Jamis program. He only raced one year with us, but people are still talking about him and his performances of 2013,” said the team’s manager and director Sebastian Alexandre. “Janier is a very talented cyclist and we are confident that he will continue to perform at a very high level.”
Acevedo is known for his talents in the mountains. He spent two seasons with the Colombia-based team Gobernation de Antioquia-Indeportes Antiquia (2011 and 2012) before he was picked up by Alexandre to race with Jamis in 2013.
During that one season in the US he had some of the best results of his career, all in the so-called big-three stage races: Tour of California, Tour of Utah and the USA Pro Challenge.
Acevedo started that season with a victory in stage 1 at the Tour of the Gila atop Mogollon and placed fifth overall, which was just a taste of what the team and the domestic racing scene would see of his climbing skills.
At the Tour of California, he won stage 2 in Palm Springs, place second in stage 7 atop Mount Diablo and took third overall at Tour of California, behind overall winner Tejay van Garderen (BMC) and runner-up Michael Rogers (Tinkoff-Saxo). In Utah, Acevedo placed third overall behind winner Tom Danielson (then Garmin-Sharp) and runner-up Chris Horner (then RadioShack), and he went on to win stage 4 into Beaver Creek and place fourth overall at the USA Pro Challenge, behind Van Garderen, Mathias Frank and Danielson.
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