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Van Compernolle earns pro contract

Kenneth Van Compernolle (Sunweb)

Kenneth Van Compernolle (Sunweb) (Image credit: Niels De Wit)

Under-23 stand-out Kenneth Van Compernolle signed a two-year contract with the Sunweb-ProJob team beginning January 1, 2009. The Belgian will continue to race as an espoir, according to team manager Jurgen Mettepenningen.

For Van Compernolle it is a dream come true. "Of course anyone who begins racing hopes to be awarded a professional contract. A few months back I had never dared to hope. But with my excellent performances lately everything is happening much faster than expected. It is a good sign of appreciation by the team . This year I will stick with my planned programme. Next year I will try for the espoirs classification and will occasionally take on a 'cross with the professionals."

Van Compernolle was third at the under-23 European Championships and won the espoirs races in Niel, Koksijde and Gieten. When his professional status begins on January 1 he will no longer be able to compete in B-category 'cross events, and must race the at the professional level in the Belgian road championships. In all cyclo-cross events, the World Championships, World Cup and Belgian championships, he can continue to race at the espoir level.

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Kirsten Frattini is an honours graduate of Kinesiology and Health Science from York University in Toronto, Canada. She has been involved in cycling from the community and grassroots level to professional cycling's WorldTour. She has worked in both print and digital publishing, and started with Cyclingnews as a North American Correspondent in 2006. Moving into a Production Editor's role in 2014, she produces and publishes international race coverage for all men's and women's races including Spring Classics, Grand Tours, World Championships and Olympic Games, and writes and edits news and features. As the Women's Editor at Cyclingnews, Kirsten also coordinates and oversees the global coverage of races, news, features and podcasts about women's professional cycling.