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Vantornout extends with Sunweb

Klaas Vantornout (Sunweb)

Klaas Vantornout (Sunweb) (Image credit: Daniel Simms)

Klaas Vantornout, the winner of the Superprestige race in Gieten, extended his current contract with Sunweb - ProJob team for two seasons, until December 31, 2011. The Belgian came to the team from the Fidea squad last season, and has quickly risen to through the ranks. He is not fourth in the UCI standings behind Sven Nys, Bart Wellens and Niels Albert.

Vantornout and Sven Vanthourenhout will continue to lead the professional squad and provide examples for the many talented young riders who make up the team.

"I fit in well with the Sunweb-ProJob team, and the team is satisfied with my results. Jurgen and I came to a new agreement in no time. I have now secured three years in a well-structured team. Things couldn't be better. We're going to have some great years together," said Vantornout.

Vantornout has been suffering from a knee injury which he incurred in Pijnacker, but said that inflammation of a ligament which showed up during the race has now been diagnosed as small tears which may have been from an earlier injury.

"In training I always ride with pain, but in the races themselves, I have no problem," Vantornout said. "The pain threshold is much higher then." He will wait until the end of the season to pursue a long-term solution for the problem.

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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.