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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.”