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Danish rider Michael Valgren has signed with EF Professional Biking for the approaching 12 months.
Valgren, the winner of the 2018 Amstel Gold Race had been with the NTT Professional Biking group since 2019. Nevertheless, with the South-African registered group anticipated to shutter on the finish of the 2020 calendar 12 months, riders have been scrambling to safe contract alternatives.
Valgren, through the EF Professional Biking web site, introduced that, “I’m most enthusiastic about transferring to EF to start out working with all of the individuals there. Clearly, I’ve been speaking to Matti Breschel and Magnus Cort as fellow Danes,” stated Valgren. “They each stated it was an superior group and I stay up for being part of that. From the surface, EF seems like a brilliant enjoyable group. And I actually can’t wait to be part of it. I believe I’ll match proper in.”
The addition of the classics specialist, whose palmares features a win on the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, ought to strengthen the group’s total prospects, providing extra assist to the GC contenders, in addition to including alternatives for the American squad within the cobbled classics.
“My foremost energy as a rider, I imagine, is my endurance and that I’m actually capable of learn the race fairly nicely. So I believe that’s an excellent mixture, particularly within the one-day races. The longer the race will get, the higher I get and I learn the riders within the race. That’s certainly one of my biggest qualities on the bike,” stated Valgren.
“Michael has an enormous engine,” stated group director Jonathan Vaughters. “It offers us one other card to play on cobblestone races.”
Valgren slots right into a group with a robust grand tour presence. British rider Hugh Carthy had a really strong thrid-place total efficiency on the Vuelta a España, with Michael Woods additionally performing nicely on the Spanish tour. Lachlan Morton has additionally just lately recommitted to the group for the approaching 12 months and can contribute to the group’s energy when he’s not making a number of Everesting makes an attempt.