Simone Petilli (ITA)
Italian promising rider Simone Petilli is leaving the UAE formation after four seasons at World Tour level, to join the colours of Circus-Wanty Gobert-Tormans. As a climber, Petilli reinforces Circus-Wanty Gobert-Tormans for the mountain races and Ardennes classics. Petilli, 26th in the Giro in 2017, feels at his best on mountain top finishes. The graduate in accounting was among the best riders of his generation in the U23 category. He won a stage and the general classification in the Ronde de l'Isard and finished 5th in the general classification of the Tour de l'Avenir in 2015, and was twice best young rider in the Settimana Coppi e Bartali.