Team Sky Sport Director and fellow Norwegian Gabriel Rasch added: “We normally invite some young riders to our winter training camps, and I asked Kristoffer if he was interested. He spent some time with us and settled straight in. He’s a really nice guy. He’s young, but very mature for his age.
“Since then we have kept in touch as the season has progressed. He’s a really promising young talent and so he had offers from other teams, but he really liked it here. He was impressed by the way the team trained and the set-up we have here.
“He’s a really promising sprinter and I think in the future he could be a good Classics rider as well. He already has some wins to his name and he’s a super fast young guy.”
Rasch hinted that, beneath the calm exterior, Halvorsen is someone with a real appetite for the business end of races.
“He’s very calm outside of cycling, but when he sees a sprint he turns into an animal!”