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Fredrik Ludvigsson selected as stagiere from August 2014
logogiantshimano Team Giant-Shimano are pleased to announce a stagiere in the WorldTour team from August – Fredrik Ludvigsson (SWE) from Development Team Giant-Shimano.

Twenty-year-old Fredrik, the younger brother of Tobias, has had a consistent start to the season with highlights being fourth place at the Swedish Road Race Championships at the end of June, tenth place overall at both the Tour de Normandie (UCI 2.2) and the Circuit des Ardennes (UCI 2.2). He also spent a few days in the young rider’s jersey at the Tour d’Azerbaidjan (UCI 2.1).

Fredrik’s apprenticeship with the WorldTour team will start from 1st August and he is scheduled to start the Arctic Race of Norway (UCI 2.1) and the Tour of Britain (UCI 2.HC).

Team Giant-Shimano coach Aike Visbeek (NED) said of Fredrik’s step up: “We believe Fredrik has the talent and drive needed to take the step up to the WorldTour and want to give him this opportunity to see how he performs at this level.

“He is still young, only in his second senior year but has already shown that he can get strong results and that he learns quickly.

“As a rider he is a strong time triallist and climbs well, but he is also good at positioning himself when he needs to and this shows maturity at his young age.

“It is great to see the Development Team already helping riders to progress and approaching the next level – this was the goal with the team and to see it bearing fruit is promising.

“Fredrik has been hampered a by a few injures in the first half of the season but he has still raced aggressively and we look forward to having him on the team from August.”

Fredrik said when asked about the opportunity: “I am very happy to be given this chance to show myself at the highest level. It has been my goal ever since I started riding to race at the top of the sport and this is the next step towards this goal.

“With the Development Team I have been learning both on and off the bike to be a better rider, and working towards getting stronger for the long-term. This is with the goal of being able to make the step up and I am very thankful to the team and staff for giving me this opportunity.”

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