Mads Pedersen, 22, has extended his contract with Trek-Segafredo taking him through 2020, the team announced Monday. The extension comes as little surprise after the Dane put forth a powerful performance to finish second at the Tour of Flanders.
“I am really thrilled to renew my contract with Trek-Segafredo,” Pedersen said in a press release. “I feel at home in this team; the confidence they have put in me has made me grow a lot and I am pretty sure that with Trek-Segafredo I am at the best spot to continue to develop and gain experience, especially in the classics.”
Pedersen, the Danish national champion, made his debut a the Tour of Flanders on Sunday and emerged in a three-man breakaway over the Koppenberg with Dylan van Baarle (Team Sky) and Sebastian Langeveld (EF-Drapac. The trio held a 30-second margin until eventual winner Niki Terpstra stormed past them on the Oude Kwaremont.
Van Baarle and Langeveld fell off pace, but Pedersen held strong over the Paterberg and all the way to the finish line, finishing 12 seconds behind Terpstra and just ahead of chasers Philippe Gilbert (Quick-Step Floors) and fellow Dane Michael Valgren (Astana).
Earlier this season, Pedersen was eighth in a stage at Santos Tour Down Under, won a stage at the Herald Sun Tour, and was fourth at Dwars door Vlaanderen
“I was happy to win early this season in Australia to show I was on track for the spring, and obviously I am very proud of my results this week,” Pedersen said.
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