Lars Petter Nordhaug to aim higher in 2012, gets Sky contract extension
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Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Lars Petter Nordhaug to aim higher in 2012, gets Sky contract extension

by VeloNation Press at 8:45 AM EST   comments
Categories: Pro Cycling
 
Norwegian stronger and more experienced than before

Lars Petter NordhaugLars-Petter Nordhaug’s solid second season at Team Sky has earned him a new one year deal with the British squad, and the 27 year old believes he should be able to step up a level in 2012.

The former Norwegian national champion didn’t take a victory himself this year, but helped the team’s other riders to successes. These include the stage wins clocked up by Davide Appollonio and Alex Dowsett in the Tour du Poitou Charentes. He also took some good results himself, including seventh on stages of the Vuelta a Murcia and Criterium International, sixth in the Coppa Sabatini and a solid sixteenth overall in the Tour of Poland.

He also competed the Giro d’Italia, his second Grand Tour. The performances earned a thumbs up from the team in the form of the new deal, and Sky principal Dave Brailsford looks forward to him improving further next year.

“Lars-Petter is a talented and versatile rider and we have been very impressed with his ability and attitude,” he said. “He is a strong climber who is also capable of taking some long turns on the front and getting himself in moves whenever he is called upon.

“He is a rider entering the prime of his career and we will be working hard with him over the next 12 months to help him achieve his full potential.”

Nordhaug spent two years with the Joker Bianchi team prior to joining the British squad in 2010. Now, at 27 years of age, he knows he should be coming into his prime.

“Over the last season I have been given the chance to ride a lot of higher-profile races like the Ardennes Classics and the Giro, and I’ve learnt a lot as a result,” he said. “I feel a much stronger rider now than I did 12 months ago and hopefully I will be able to keep getting better next season.

“I’m going to continue working hard for the team whilst at the same time trying to make the most of any other chances that come my way. I’ve had some good results this season but it would be nice to get a win for the team.”

Nordhaug said that the chance to keep working with Kurt Asle Arvesen is a factor in his satisfaction to remain part of Sky Procycling. He’ll also be helping compatriot Edvald Boasson Hagen, who continues with the squad.

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