The yet-unnamed Luxembourg cycling team continues to add more firepower, announcing Friday the arrival of Danish rider Jakob Fulgsang and the German pair of Linus Gerdemann and Fabian Wegmann.
Gerdemann will be reunited with Kim Andersen, who was his sport director back at CSC, while Fuglsang joins the Schleck brothers in the exodus from Saxo Bank to the Luxembourg squad.
“I have already worked with Linus earlier in his career and I always wanted to work with him again, so I am pleased to have the chance to get him on this team,” team manager Andersen said in a release. “We have big expectations for Linus. It has been good for him to have had a chance to grow as a person and as a rider in the last years and I think he has some amazing seasons ahead of him.”
Gerdemann, 28, is hoping to get his career back on track following some promising results when he rode with High Road, including a stint in the yellow jersey at the Tour de France.
“I know a lot of the people who will be riding and working for the team, so it was not that hard of a decision to make,” Gerdemann said. “Frankly, I am very excited to be racing with so many familiar faces once again.
”I want to win stage races and win the Tour de France with the team.”
Wegmann is another promising German rider who’s seen mixed results the past few seasons riding for Milram.
“Fabian is a rider I have always wanted on my team,” Andersen explained. “I have always liked him; he is a winner — pure and simple. Though he is not a pure climber or a pure sprinter, you can always count on him for several wins a year. He will mix nicely into the group and we surely can count on him to bring home some classics and semi-classics, or even the odd grand tour stage.”
The addition of Fuglsang was widely known for several weeks, yet the official confirmation is a boon for the new squad. A former mountain biker, many hail Fuglsang as grand tour material; he rode a solid race in his 2010 Tour de France debut.
“Obviously we have big expectations for Jakob. For me, he is one of the biggest talents in the sport,” Andersen said. “He is a very complete rider and we now know how to tweak his off-season preparation so that he can arrive in the best possible shape for the coming season.”
Other riders who have also been signed to join Frank and Andy Schleck are Daniele Bennati, Dominic Klemme, Maxime Monfort, Giacomo Nizzolo, Bruno Pires, Davide Viganò, Jens Voigt and Wouter Weylandt.