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Mareczko wins again in Hainan; Slipstream signs Swedish champ: Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

November 1, 2017

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Slipstream Sports signs Swedish national champion Magnusson

by Shane Stokes

In what appears to be a move related to the Swedish nationality of new title sponsor EF Education First, Slipstream Sports has announced the signing of that country’s national road champion, Kim Magnusson. The 25 year old has been competing with Team Tre Breg – Postnord for the past three seasons, with his national title his biggest result.

“Stepping up to the WorldTour with Slipstream Sports is the most important step in my career so far,” he said of the two-year deal. “For the past several years, I’ve worked very hard in training with the help of Thomas Löfvist, and I feel like now is the right time to step up. To be able to sign with Slipstream Sports, which from 2018 has the Swedish company EF Education First as the main sponsor, is highly motivating and fun.”

His father Glenn Magnusson and Slipstream Sports CEO Jonathan Vaughters were teammates in 1999. “Kim will obviously meet for the very first time a professional set-up at the highest level of road cycling,” said sports director Andreas Klier. “I am sure that this will help him to develop his strength, and I’m looking forward to seeing until which stage of a race he is able to support our leaders.

“As the current Swedish champion, he obviously knows what is needed to win a race, and maybe if the team strategy allows him to be in one of the races in a similar situation, he can take an opportunity for himself,” Klier added. “He is an interesting rider, and I am looking forward to working with him.”

Magnusson said that he is looking forward to a number of things next season. “I’m excited to meet my new teammates and the staff, get new influences regarding my training, line up for new races, and, most importantly, to compete on the highest level.”

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