Majka renews contract with Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank
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Majka renews contract with Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank

by Shane Stokes at 7:41 AM EST   comments
Categories: Pro Cycling
 
Polish climber rewarded after backing Contador in Vuelta

Rafal MajkaOne day after Saxo Bank Tinkoff Bank confirmed the renewal of the contracts of Benjamin Noval and Jesus Hernandez, it has said that another rider who backed Alberto Contador in his successful Vuelta a España campaign has been given a new deal.

Polish climber Rafal Majka has already been with the team for two years and will now extend for three more seasons. The 22 year old had originally been due to lead the team in the Giro d’Italia, but was injured and unable to start. He returned to net second on a stage in the Tour de l’Ain and then helped Contador in the mountains of the Vuelta. He finished a solid 32nd overall there, and describes Saxo Bank Tinkoff Bank as ‘a perfect fit.’

“I'm still young, and I know I still have a lot to learn, and with Bjarne as the manager and Alberto as the team's leader, I feel I learn from the very best. I also feel great support from the whole team,” he said. “I was sidelined for a significant part of the season due to injury, but there was no stress or pressure to get back on the bike, before I was completely recovered. This means a lot for a young rider like me, that you feel the team have confidence in you.”

Riis is clear about his ability, saying that he believes he is a rider to watch. “In my opinion he is one of the most promising young climbers in cycling today. We have known his talent for some years now and have seen his steady development, but I think it's fair to say that Rafal made a breakthrough for himself in this year's Vuelta,” he said. “So to be able to renew with him is fantastic news for our team.”

Riis sees him as both a helper to Contador and others and also someone who will evolve and grow in his own right. “I believe Rafal will be an important rider for us in the years to come, both as a domestique and a rider, who will make results on his own,” he said.

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