Two former neo-pros have extended their time with Team KATUSHA ALPECIN. Danish rider Mads Würtz Schmidt (24) and Jenthe Biermans (22) have both signed two-year contracts.
General Manager José Azevedo: When we sign a neo-pro rider I don’t look for results from them – I look for improvement. From these two riders, every three- or four-months I have seen a step forward in their riding. This year in the classics, Mads had some bad luck when he crashed in Paris-Roubaix so that took him out of contention, but then he came to the Giro and did a very good first big tour with interesting results, namely a seventh place in stage 10. This was the confirmation of his potential that we expected.
Jenthe has also shown himself in the classics. We believe he can be a very good classics rider. When we sign these riders as under 23, and then when we see them improve and show the potential they have, it would make no sense at all to lose these guys. We are happy to continue the work and the process with them to make them strong riders, concluded Azevedo.
Look for announcements of more signings in the near future.
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