UAE Team Emirates have announced that they have signed European Champion Alexander Kristoff for the 2018 season.
The parties came to an agreement at the beginning of August and since then they have finalised some details in the two-year contract, and the team’s medical staff have completed some routine exams.
UAE Team Emirates have also signed another Norwegian rider who has already worn the rainbow colours during his young cycling career. Sven Eryk Bystrøm, born in 1992, was the Under 23 World Champion in 2014. He has signed a two year contract and will be racing with the Emirati formation starting next season.
“Kristoff is a world class rider with an impressive dossier, and he is determined to achieve and succeed even more. His European Championship title is just further proof of his winning drive,” said Carlo Saronni, Team Manager for UAE Team Emirates. “These are the skills that piqued our interest in Alexander as someone who can make the squad even better. We were happy to see how Kristoff appreciated the significance of the project behind our team and we are sure that this road we are taking together will bring even more prestige to Alexander’s image and career. We also welcome Bystrøm, who’s a young talented rider.”
Alexander Kristoff: “I’m very proud and really excited to join UAE Team Emirates. For me this is a big move since it’s only the second time in my career that I’ve changed teams. I’m looking forward for meeting my new team mates and staff members, and getting to know all the people who work on this project. I’m very confident about the future and I’m sure that with UAE Team Emirates we will archive great results staring next Spring.”