The two young riders have both agreed to deals, that will keep them in the team in the coming two seasons.
23 year old Pole Pawel Poljanski has been part of Team Saxo-Tinkoff as a stagiaire in the autumn of 2013 and has impressed the sporting management in both races and testing. The skilled all-rounder won the U23 Polish National Championship in 2012.
20 year old Slovak Michael Kolar joins Team Saxo-Tinkoff from continental outfit Ducla Trencin-Trek, where the young sprinter picked up four UCI wins this season and caught the attention of Team Saxo-Tinkoff.
With Poljanski and Kolar onboard, team owner Bjarne Riis believes Team Saxo-Tinkoff now has a very strong and versatile pool of young talents, counting amongst others Rafal Majka, Jay McCarthy, Michael Valgren and Jesper Hansen.
“We believe both Pawel and Michael have the potential to become great bike riders, and by adding them we now have a solid and interesting group of talents, both when it comes to one day races and stage races and skills in all terrains,” Bjarne Riis says.
“As a stagiaire Pawel has shown he is a versatile rider, who can climb. He has done some great races for the team and on top of that he had some fantastic results in the testing, we did with him. So we feel he deserved a contract for the years to come.”
“Michael has not yet made a name for himself in cycling, but he certainly has the potential to do so, if he can continue his development. He is still very young, but he is extremely fast and possesses the skills to become a great sprinter,” Bjarne Riis continues.
The two young riders look forward to joining the team and get the new season underway.
“It has been great to be part of Team Saxo-Tinkoff this autumn, so it goes without saying that I’m very excited about signing with the team, and I’m really looking forward to getting the new season started. This is a fantastic opportunity for me, and also a challenge that will require tons of hard work. But I feel I’m ready for this, and I will do my very best to meet the team’s expectations,” Pawel Poljanski says.
“It has always been a dream of mine to become a pro bike rider. When you get this kind of chance from one of the best teams in the world, it really is an easy choice, and I’m very grateful for this opportunity. I’m well aware that it will take a lot of hard work to adapt to racing at World Tour-level, but I have great confidence in myself, and I hope to be able to jump into the pro peloton as fast as possible,” Michael Kolar says.