“I have no doubt that Marko has a great potential, and in my view it is only a matter of time, before he will secure his first victory for this team. He still needs to develop as a rider, but he has tremendous power, and his work ethics is great. So for me it seems natural to extend his contract,” team owner Bjarne Riis says.
The winner of the 2010 U23 Tour of Flanders didn’t get of to the start he was hoping for, when joining the team before the 2013 season. In the run in to the Cobblestone Classics, he crashed heavily and therefore was unable to reach his best form in the first half of the season. But the talented Slovenian fought his way back to a strong second half of the year, which saw him finished second on stages in both Tour of Luxembourg and Tour of Denmark and securing his first World Tour points by finishing fourth on a stage in Eneco Tour.
“I had a bit of a disastrous start here, and I was almost at a point, where I started to questions everything after the crash. But the team kept believing in me and kept supporting me in these tough moments, so naturally it was fantastic to be able to bounce back and get some results in the second part of the season. Therefore this new deal really means a lot to me, and I look forward to the next season. I am genuinely happy to be here, and I really hope I can repay this by being a strong support for my team mates and deliver some great results myself,” Marko Kump says.