The Swedish Cycling Federation and Swedish Olympic committee have agreed upon a long term commitment where Team Mälarenergi's coach David Johansson will function as a project leader and coach for a new U23 national team.
To be able to match the riders in a professional way, the federation has opted to use the existing infrastructure as well as the leaders of the Swedish Team Mälarenergi.
The sporting director of the Swedish Cycling Federation, Hans Falk will shortly present the nine riders who will make up the team, and he explains that their schedule will include a number of international races, with the European and World Championships being the main goals.
Their first race will be French stage race Circuit des Ardennes, (April 7-9th) followed by one day races Tour de la Côte Picardie (France, April 12th) and Ronde van Vlaanderen (Belgium, April 23d).
"I'm delighted that more resources will be given to the national team again," says David Johansson, who is currently in Spain with Team Mälarenergi. "I think it will create better possibilities for a rider from a smaller team to race on the highest level, and we will be able to offer them a suitable racing approach as we have lots of experience."
To be able to work with the national team, Team Mälarenergi will be looking to recruit more leaders in order to deal with their normal activities, and to be able to race both with the national team and the club team in different races at the same time.