Team Sky are pleased to announce the signing of Under 23 Road Race World Champion Kristoffer Halvorsen.

Gabriel Rasch

Gabriel Rasch

He’s very calm outside of cycling, but when he sees a sprint he turns into an animal!
The 21-year-old Norwegian is building a reputation as one of the most exciting young sprinters in cycling. A series of impressive performances have already seen him begin to be mentioned alongside a long list of young talent to have emerged from Norway in recent years.
 
Halvorsen won stage three of the Tour de l’Avenir on his way to claiming overall victory in the points competition. He also took a stunning pro sprint victory earlier this year at the Handzame Classic.
 
Halvorsen will now be aiming to develop and continue his progress with Team Sky.
 
He explained how he came to join up with the team: “I was lucky enough to be invited to the training camp in December last year. It was an opportunity to get to know the team a lot better and learn how things work inside the team.
 
“It’s one of the best teams in the world. When I was then offered a contract I couldn’t say no!
 
“During the next few years I want to keep developing as a sprinter and take it step by step from there.
 
“I’m really looking forward to joining Team Sky next year.”
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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!”

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