TAIPING: It is only his debut with team Tinkoff Saxo, but young Danish climber Jesper Hansen is looking to put on a good performance in Stage Four in Genting Highlands on Sunday for Le Tour de Langkawi (LTdL).
The 23-year-old Hansen was courted by Tinkoff from third-tier team Cult Energy last year after chalking up strong results in the Tour of Norway and GP Hadeland, also in Norway.
In the Tour of Norway last year, Hansen finished seventh overall while in GP Hadeland, he finished second.
“It is my first race of the season and I’m very excited about getting the oportunity to make a good result for myself. My biggest chance is on the uphill finish in Stage Four.
“If I can make a good result there, I’m hoping for a top 10 finish. But then again, this is my debut year with the team and I won’t necessarily be disappointed with less. There’s still a lot for me to learn and I’m also here to gain experience,” said Hansen.
Famous for having two-time Tour de France winner (2007 and 2009) Alberto Contador, Tinkoff are fielding a young team for LTdL.
Besides Hansen, the rest are Jay McCarthy, Michael Kolar, Michael Valgren, Pawel Poljanski and Evgeny Petrov. All of them are under 23, except for Petrov who is 35 years old.