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by Shane Stokes
August 29, 2017
In today’s edition of the CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Team Sky signs Tour de l’Avenir jersey winners Bernal, Sivakov and Halvorsen; Froome rejects calls for salary caps in cycling; Stybar inks two year contract extension with QuickStep Floors; UAE Team Emirates signs European champion Kristoff and former world under 23 champion Bystrøm; Bauer signs two-year contract with Orica-Scott; Talented Australian duo Hindley and Storer to turn pro with Team Sunweb; Armstrong Savola joins USA Cycling as Endurance Performance Director; Tankink set for 18th pro season, will continue with Team LottoNL-Jumbo; Women’s transfer news: Kitchen and Slik transfer to FDJ; Women’s transfer news: Moberg and Aalerud to VeloCONCEPT; Olympic champion Schurter takes unprecedented clean sweep; Video: Team Sunweb’s Marc Reef talks about the exclusion of Warren Barguil
Former Milan-San Remo and Tour of Flanders champion Alexander Kristoff has agreed a two-year contract with the UAE Team Emirates squad, thus completing a process which has been ongoing for some time. Earlier this month the team provisionally announced the contract, but said that it would be finalized ‘after some routine tests by the team’s medical staff.”
Those have now been completed and last details ironed out, bringing things to fruition for the new European road race champion. “I’m very proud and really excited to join UAE Team Emirates,” said Kristoff. “For me this is a big move since it’s only the second time in my career that I’ve changed teams.
“I’m looking forward for meeting my new team mates and staff members, and getting to know all the people who work on this project. I’m very confident about the future and I’m sure that with UAE Team Emirates we will archive great results, staring next Spring.”
The 30-year-old is a two-time Tour de France stage winner and has multiple victories to his credit. Team manager Carlo Saronni believes more is to come. “Kristoff is a world class rider with an impressive dossier, and he is determined to achieve and succeed even more. His European Championship title is just further proof of his winning drive. These are the skills that piqued our interest in Alexander as someone who can make the squad even better. We were happy to see how Kristoff appreciated the significance of the project behind our team and we are sure that this road we are taking together will bring even more prestige to Alexander’s image and career.”
The team is also bringing on board a second Norwegian from Katusha, Sven Eryk Bystrøm. The 2014 world under 23 champion has also signed a two-year contract.