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Rasch's future in limbo

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- Gabriel Rasch (Nor) Cervelo Test Team

- Gabriel Rasch (Nor) Cervelo Test Team (Image credit: Russell Standring)
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Cervelo rider Gabriel Rasch leads the break as the race develops.

Cervelo rider Gabriel Rasch leads the break as the race develops. (Image credit: Jaroslav Kalous)
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Gabriel Rasch (Nor) Cervélo TestTeam

Gabriel Rasch (Nor) Cervélo TestTeam (Image credit: Sirotti)

Gabriel Rasch believes he can race at WorldTour level for another four years. The 35-year-old Norwegian is currently without a team for 2012 but told Cyclingnews that he is in negotiations with a number of teams to extend his time in the pro ranks.

Rasch turned professional in 2008 with Credit Agricole and rode as a domestique for Thor Hushovd. He followed his compatriot to Cervelo TestTeam and then to Garmin-Cervelo but with Hushovd signing for BMC for 2012, there wasn’t a space for Rasch in the American team.

“The spring was good but the rest of the year wasn’t great. I had some crashes at the Tour of Denmark and then at the Eneco Tour and I never really recovered.” Rasch told Cyclingnews.

“I’m still waiting for some answers from some teams. I hope it will be okay and that I’ll ride WorldTour next year but at the moment I don’t know. I think I can another 3 or 4 years at this level. I turned professional really late and I still feel fresh and I’m really motivated. I like this life.

“I tried with BMC but they didn’t want to sign me so that’s not a possibility. I also thought about Garmin but they thought I was going with Thor and when I asked about staying it was already too late.”

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Daniel Benson

 Daniel Benson is the Editor in Chief at both Cyclingnews.com and BikePerfect.com. Based in the UK, he has worked within cycling for almost 15 years, and he joined the Cyclingnews team in 2008 as the site's first UK-based Managing Editor. In that time, he has reported on over a dozen editions of the Tour de France, several World Championships, the Tour Down Under, Spring Classics, and the London 2012 Olympic Games. With the help of the excellent editorial team, he runs the coverage on Cyclingnews and has interviewed leading figures in the sport including UCI Presidents and Tour de France winners.