Albasini wins in Italy, Wellens in Belgium, Denmark cancelled: Your Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

September 14, 2017

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Aqua Blue Sport signs European Under 23 champion Pedersen

by VeloClub

Aqua Blue Sport has announced the signing of current PostNord Danmark Rundt race leader Casper Pedersen. The Danish rider is the current under 23 European road champion and is regarded as a big talent for the future.

“I am super excited to join Aqua Blue Sport as a neo-professional next year,” he said. “I have been dreaming of becoming a professional road cyclist for quite a while now and I feel like I have found the perfect team for my next step.

“I was looking for a team where I can learn from experienced riders but also get a chance here and there to ride for results. When Aqua Blue Sport got in touch with me they outlined a good plan for my development and I didn’t have to think twice about signing with them. I’m impressed by how far they have come in such a short time and I can’t wait to be part of their Aqua Blue Sport family next year.”

Last month the squad became the first Irish team ever to start a Grand Tour, and went on to take a mountain stage with Stefan Denifl. It has already announced the signing of another young rider with a lot of potential, Eddie Dunbar, and will aim to guide both to success.

“It is great to get a rider of Casper’s ability in the team for next year,” said General Manager Stephen Moore. “He has shown this season how incredibly talented he is and we are very excited to see what he can do with Aqua Blue Sport. It is a vote of confidence in our team set up that a huge talent like this would agree to sign for us. Roll on 2018.”