German talent Philipp Walsleben signed a deal with the Belgian Palmans-Cras team of Charles Palmans. He will join other young talents like Niels Albert and Radomir Simunek. Walsleben, who was second in the U23 European Championships in Hittnau, Switzerland behind his future team-mate Niels Albert, signed the deal on Saturday morning in Hasselt.
The German youngster immediately showed he is worth the money by claiming the win in the U23 race in Hasselt and Gavere. Walsleben won the race in Hasselt ahead of Belgian talent Tom Meeusen, while he beat Fidea's Jempy Drucker in Gavere. Niels Albert competed in the elite race, and is only competing in the U23 competition for the World Cup races and the championships.