After two seasons in the WorldTour with Cannondale-Garmin, Lasse Norman Hansen will drop down to Pro Continental level in 2016 and 2017, signing a two-year deal with Danish team Cult Energy-Stölting Group.
The 23-year-old Dane, who won Olympic gold in the Omnium at London 2012, is hoping the move will suit him better when it comes to combining road racing with his track commitments, particularly with the Rio Olympics looming on the horizon next summer.
“There wasn’t much doubt in my mind. I think going to CULT Energy-Stölting Group is the right choice for me at this point in my career,” said Hansen in a statement from the team.
“I get a chance to focus on both road racing as well as pursuing my personal goals on the track and especially the 2016 Olympic Games where I’m looking forward to defending my gold medal from 2012.”
The track season is already well under way for Hansen, who claimed the silver medal in the Omnium at the European Track Championships in Switzerland last weekend and is currently riding the London six-day. He put an end to his road season at the start of September at the Tour of Alberta, where he claimed his first professional stage win. His primary focus has always been on the track but he has ridden a decent road programme in his two years at Garmin, focusing on the shorter stage races and the spring classics.
“Lasse is undoubtedly one of the biggest talents in Denmark at the moment. When he was only 20 years old, he won Olympic gold in 2012. In 2013, he claimed both Danish national u23 road race and time trial championship,” said Cult Energy directeur sportif André Steensen.
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