The 23 year old climber has agreed to a contract for the coming two seasons after a successful stint as stagiaire during the 2013 autumn.
Amongst other strong showings as a stagiaire, Jesper Hansen was part of Team Saxo-Tinkoff’s lineup for the USA Pro Challenge, and finished sixth in the young rider classifications and 26th overall. Earlier in the season as a rider for continental outfit Team Cult Energy Jesper Hansen finished in seventh place in the GC in Glava Tour of Norway.
“Jesper has shown us that he is ready to be part of the pro peloton after some impressive performances as a stagiaire for our team. He is still young and need to further develop, but if he can continue to progress, I see a huge potential in him. He is an exceptional climber, and I believe he can grow into a fantastic stage racer in the future. So obviously I’m delighted that he will be part of our team in the years to come,” team owner Bjarne Riis says.
Jesper Hansen is also very much looking forward to be part of Team Saxo-Tinkoff.
“It has been a both fantastic and educational autumn for me being part of the team. First and foremost, the level of professionalism both on and off the road has been an experience for me, and especially being part of the team’s lineup for the USA Pro Challenge in Colorado stands out for me as something to remember. Now, I look very much forward to continue my development in this team and get the new season started. In my first year as a professional, I’ll be focusing on learning, developing and gaining some more experience rather than results, and I feel great support from the team in this matter,” Jesper Hansen says.