After 13 years as a professional, Kurt-Asle Arvesen is now applying his considerable experience to the role of Race Coach.
A member of Team Sky since its inception, Arvesen arrived during his fifth spell as Norwegian road champion and competed for two seasons as the team found its feet on the world stage.
After playing his part in 12 victories, Arvesen bowed out at Paris-Tours in 2011 but his inspirational character and positive attitude ensured he was offered a new role within the team.
With a group of riders including compatriot Edvald Boasson Hagen now under his wing, Arvesen is a constant presence throughout the season as he helps each athlete maximise their potential.
With an intimate knowledge of the toughest races in cycling, the Tour de France stage winner will focus initially on the cobbled Classics before turning his attention to the summer’s Grand Tours.
Arvesen said: “I’ve had a lot of really good experiences during my first year on the road as a Race Coach.
“I’ve learned a lot in this new role and I’m now looking forward to going back with a benefit of the knowledge I gained in 2012.
“It’s a really exciting time for the team with our stage racing performances and also our new push with the Classics.
“I’ll be aiming to help the team and the riders in any way that I can. It’s important that we don’t stand still and always keep improving.”