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Saxo Bank announce first contract extensions

By:
Richard Tyler
Published:
August 03, 2009, 12:08 BST,
Updated:
August 03, 2009, 11:39 BST
Edition:
Second Edition Cycling News, Monday, August 3, 2009

Høj, Klostergaard and Lund continue through 2010

Saxo Bank announced Sunday that Frank Høj, Kasper Klostergård and Anders Lund extended their contracts with the team.

The three Danish riders agreed to stay with team Saxo Bank through the 2010 season. Saxo Bank says these re-signings are the first of a series of contract extensions for the team.

"They have all three been part of our success this year and each in their own way deserve a new contract." said Bjarne Riis on the team's website.

"I'm extremely happy to be able to stay with the team, where I feel I get the chance to both help out in the big races and also go for a result of my own once in a while," said Anders Lund. "I think I've learnt a lot during the last couple of seasons and I look forward to achieving results should the opportunity come along."

Lund, 24, has been earmarked as a future talent by team owner, Riis. He has been with the team since 2007, when he joined under the banner of the team's former sponsor, CSC. Lund rode his second Giro d'Italia this year, finishing ninth on stage three into Valdobbiadene.

Høj, 36, will continue in his role as one of the team's classics riders. He had an unlucky start to his first year with Saxo Bank this season. He suffered a broken collarbone in the Ronde van Vlaanderen, but recovered in time to claim third place in the Danish national championships.

Klostergård's performances at this year at Milan-Sanremo and Paris-Roubaix helped to ensure his future with the team. The 26-year-old featured in the major breaks of each of the two classics.

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