Haas joined Katusha in 2018 after spending two seasons with Dimension Knowledge and his first three as a professional with what’s now EF Schooling First, however has struggled for outcomes. His solely victory got here on stage 2 of the 2018 Tour of Oman, and he has been unable to construct on his fourth place end on the 2017 Amstel Gold Race.
The staff are but to guarantee the funds to proceed in 2020 however Haas was already seeking to transfer on, and favored the sound of the undertaking growing at Cofidis beneath Cedric Vasseur, who took over as supervisor in 2018.
The French staff, created in 1997, are aiming to return to the highest tier of the game and have already acknowledged their intent within the switch market with the acquisitions of Elia Viviani and Guillaume Martin.
“I’ve all the time favored being in groups which have a robust drive to progress, to get higher and take a subsequent step. That’s precisely the spirit with Cofidis and Cedric Vasseur and that’s what attracted me,” Haas stated.
“What I like about this staff is the chance to take probabilities in every race, to provide the whole lot in order to not have any regrets. On the Tour de France, they have been just about in each breakaway. Naturally, I actually wish to trip Amstel Gold Race and the Ardennes Classics, however I additionally and above all wish to put myself on the service of the staff, notably Elia, to assist them obtain new successes.”
Haas is Cofidis’ fifth signing of the 2019-2020 switch window, following Martin from Wanty-Gobert and Viviani from Deceuninck-QuickStep, plus two lead-out males for the European champion in Fabio Sabatini (Deceuninck-QuickStep) and Simone Consonni (UAE Group Emirates).
He’s the second Australian to trip for Cofidis after Stuart O’Grady, and the staff identified he’d match it in simply given he speaks fluent French.
“Nathan is a rider who has developed for quite a few seasons on the highest degree and is aware of the style of victory,” stated Vasseur.
“We’re very proud to welcome one other Australian to the staff. Nathan will deliver us a brand new tradition and a unique form of biking know-how. He’s a rider who’s simply as a lot comfy in one-day races as he’s useful in Grand Excursions. His expertise will undeniably be an asset for the staff in making that step ahead.”