Vacansoleil-DCM swoops in on young Russian climber Nikita Novikov
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Saturday, September 17, 2011

Vacansoleil-DCM swoops in on young Russian climber Nikita Novikov

by Xylon van Eyck at 6:38 AM EST   comments
Categories: Pro Cycling
 

Vancansoleil DCMIn a surprise move, Vacansoleil-DCM has acquired the services of the talented Russian climber Nikita Novikov for the next two seasons. Novikov currently rides for Kutusha’s feeder team Itera-Katusha and a step up to the WorldTour team seemed logical.

However, it was Vacansoleil-DCM that made the most tempting offer, with Novikov deciding to turn professional with the Dutch team instead.

“I was able to choose from several options and I am flattered by all different offers. This team showed great confidence in my qualities and I am grateful for that,” said the 21 year old.

“Finally I decided [on] Vacansoleil-DCM because it is an international team which will give me the chance to easily develop on WorldTour level. Next year there will be a lot to learn and if my condition is good enough I will also try to get my first results as a pro. I am really happy with the contract and there is still a long way to go, but this is certainly the first step.”

Vacansoleil-DCM is currently in its first year in the top level as a WorldTour team and has shown its intention of improving and developing young talent. The team this week announced the signings of under 23 riders Bert-Jan Lindeman and Barry Markus along with Poles Thomas Marczynski and Jacek Morajko.

Although sprinter Kenny van Hummel is arguably the biggest signing the team has made during the transfer period, team manager Daan Luijkx could not contain his excitement at announcing Novikov’s arrival.

“After signing the youngster Lindeman and Markus we again have a rider for the future. Novikov was a world class track rider and since three years [ago] focuses on road racing. We [followed] this rider for quite a while and agreed on a deal pretty quickly. With his time trial and climbing capacities we expect him to adjust to pro level very quickly.”

Novikov has had eight victories to date this season. Among them were the overall classifications in the Tour de Slovaquie and the Tour des Pays de Savoie.

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