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Fuglsang extends with Saxo Bank

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Cycling News
Published:
October 23, 2009, 11:53 BST,
Updated:
October 28, 2009, 16:35 GMT
Edition:
First Edition Cycling News, Friday, October 23, 2009
Jakob Fuglsang (Saxo Bank) took home the overall win in Slovenia.

Jakob Fuglsang (Saxo Bank) took home the overall win in Slovenia.

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Danish rising star commits to Riis' squad on long-term

Team Saxo Bank announced today the contract extension of Jakob Fuglsang. The Danish neo pro had an impressive first season with the team directed by Bjarne Riis, and the two have now committed to a three-year contract.

Fuglsang, 24 years old, was happy to remain on the Danish team. "I am enormously grateful for the perspective the extension with Team Saxo Bank offers to my career," he said. "Now I know that I'll get the best development opportunities for the next three years on a team I truly care for. I am proud of what I have achieved this year and it's no secret that the conditions on Team Saxo Bank suit me perfectly. It has been a natural choice for me to extend and I am looking forward to another three years on the team."

The Danish rider has had an international breakthrough in 2009 with victories in the Tour of Denmark, Tour of Slovenia, second in the Giro dell'Emilia and constant top rankings in the Vuelta a España, Dauphiné Libéré, Volta a Catalunya and Vuelta al Pais Vasco.

"Jakob is without a doubt one of the biggest talents in cycling and this season he has underlined his huge potential," said team manager Riis. "To make a top professional debut like this season is hardly seen before and I have no doubt that Jakob can go far in the sport.

"Without overestimating, I would not be surprised if he is seen in the forefront of the Tour de France within a few years. To extend his contract with another three years is a huge win for the team and I am sure he will take another major step up the rankings next year. Jakob is well on his way to becoming a complete rider."

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