A close-up look at the Australian's purpose-built ride
Australian's 2015 Tinkoff-Saxo team bike
Winner of the 2015 Tour Down Under
New and old kicks and lids seen at WorldTour race
Martin Pedersen (Leopard Trek)
Dane moves from Leopard Trek
Many riders had to be released from Leopard Trek when it announced its merger with RadioShack for the coming season, but Pedersen felt sure early on that he would have to go. “I knew that I had only a one-year contract, so I would be out. There was simply no room for me, you would have to be an idiot not to to see that.”
He hoped to find another WorldTour or Professional Continental team, but without success. There were no openings for him in the upper ranks. “I believe very much that the teams have taken on riders who had a sponsor,” he told feltet.dk.
The offers from the Professional Continental ranks did not appeal to him. “I will not ride just anywhere. I don't want to end up on a team where I don't think there are some 'cool' guys to be with. Or where the only thing is to ride races.
“Here I know the guys who are here and I know we have fun together. When you consider how much time you spend with them, it is almost more time than with the family.”