Halvorsen ready to learn at Tour Down Under

09 Jan 2018

Halvorsen ready to learn at Tour Down Under

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Ahead of his first race of the season, Kristoffer Halvorsen is excited to learn the WorldTour ropes as he prepares to tackle the Tour Down Under.

The Norwegian sprinter was world champion at under-23 level and will now step up to take on the world’s elite in Adelaide.
Kristoffer Halvorsen

Kristoffer Halvorsen

The most important thing in my first year is to learn and not think too much about the results, but when you’re a sprinter you want to make sure you take your chances.
“My ambition for this year is really just to learn and to get into the team in a good way - helping the team and hoping to get some good results too,” said the 21 year old.
 
“The most important thing in my first year is to learn and not think too much about the results, but when you’re a sprinter you want to make sure you take your chances.”

Team Sky Sport Director and fellow Norwegian Gabriel Rasch agrees with the approach, and feels Halvorsen has all the attributes to go far.
 
He explained: “He’s very reflective for a young guy. He wants to be a good cyclist and win races, and he knows what it takes to get there.
 
“Our job is to take care of him as much as possible, I think. In the first year we need to not put too much pressure on him, be careful with him and give him good goals, like using his leadout.
 
“He has good guys here and he will have a lot of chances. It’s important for us that he understands that we don’t need him to win all the races. He needs to learn and do the big races, reflect on them and learn from them. We take it year by year.”
Halvorsen won the under-23 world road race title in 2016

Halvorsen won the under-23 world road race title in 2016

Halvorsen should have a number of chances to try out his sprint at Tour Down Under, and is keen to get started despite the new surroundings.
 
“I’ve never been in Australia before so I think it will be really nice. The weather is really good and the stages are not too long, so it suits me well as a first ever WorldTour race. Hopefully it will be really good.”
 
When it came to picking a team to turn pro with in 2018, Halvorsen admitted: “In the end it was actually an easy choice, because it’s the best team in the world.
 
“After the World Championships in 2016 Gabba (Gabriel Rasch) asked me to come to training camp. After that, it was easy to choose Team Sky.
 
“It’s really exciting. The team know Norwegians really well because there have been a lot of them here, so hopefully I can maybe do the same as them. That’s the goal!” 
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