The 21 year-old rider has agreed to a three year deal with the Danish based World Tour team.
Michael Valgren joins Team Saxo-Tinkoff from Team Cult Energy and will be looking to build on and develop his talent, which has seen him take the win in the U23 Liege-Bastogne-Liege two years in a row. In 2013 he also won a stage and the GC in Fleche du Sud.
“I’m delighted to have agreed to a deal with Michael. He is without a doubt one of the biggest prospects in Danish cycling in many years, and I look very much forward to start working with him. He has great potential and everything it takes to become successful, but there is also room for improvements, which says a lot about his talent,” team owner Bjarne Riis says, but also emphasizes that focus will be on steady progression and not results.
“Michael is still very young, and therefore the key will be to help him progress and take the next step in his development in a protected environment. Together we have worked out a plan for him, and if he continues to grow and adapt to life as a pro bike rider, he will be one to watch, I’m sure,” Riis continues.
Michael Valgren is equally looking forward to join the team.
“This is in many ways a dream come true for me. I felt the timing was right for me now to become a pro, and with Team Saxo-Tinkoff I found a both the challenge and the security I was looking for in a team. I’m entering a well known environment after being invited to a couple of the team training camps, and I know quite a few of the riders on the team. But what really made the difference for me, were the talks I had with Bjarne about my development. I know very well that I have to work hard to achieve my goals, but I’m looking very much forward to this challenge,” Michael Valgren says.