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by Shane Stokes
March 28, 2018
Armstrong withdraws from Tour of Flanders attendance, cites family matter as reason; EF Education First rider Martínez attacked by a car driver, hospitalized; Keukeleire out of Lotto-Soudal squad for Spring Classics; QuickStep Floors signs European Under 23 TT champion Asgreen; Gesink’s knee problems traced back to change in position on bike; More teams announced for Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah; Video: Behind the scenes with QuickStep Floors at Gent-Wevelgem
Although the season is already well underway, the QuickStep Floors team has announced a new signing who will begin competing for the squad next week. European U23 time trial champion Kasper Asgreen has come on board and will race with the team until the end of 2020. He will make his debut in the Scheldeprijs event.
“To sign a contract with this team, the winningest for six years in a row and one of the most established on the World Tour, is a major thing,” he said. “[It is] hard to believe it is actually happening. Like every young rider who is passionate about cycling, I started dreaming about becoming a pro when I raced my first race in 2009. I was 14 years old back then and having made it into the pro scene, on this team, is really unbelievable.”
Now 23, Asgreen has been racing for Team Virtu Cycling since the start of 2017. He had a superb run of form last year, taking that European title and then soloing to victory on day one of the Tour de l’Avenir. As a result he was invited to attend the QuickStep Floors training camp in Calpe over the winter. He did testing which impressed the trainers there, and also rode with the pros.
More recently he was sixth in the Trofeo Laigueglia and then won a stage and took second overall in the Istarsko Proljece – Istrian Spring Trophy. “I have worked hard to get here, but now the real job starts and I can’t wait to get going, meet the whole team again and prove my worth,” he said.
“It was like a dream when a Quick-Step Floors mechanic called me to ask about my bike measurements as they were preparing three new Specialized bikes for me that needed to be ready for Scheldeprijs, because I hadn’t even realized how soon it will be before I am in the Quick-Step Floors jersey.”