Michael Valgren leaves Astana to sign for Dimension Data for 2019

Amstel Gold Race winner signs two-year contract with African squad

Michael Valgren wins the 2018 Amstel Gold Race (Sunada)

(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

Dimension Data have confirmed that Michael Valgren has signed a contract to ride with them for two years from 2019.

The Dane has spent the last two seasons at Astana, having ridden with the now defunct Tinkoff team for three years before that. At just 26, Valgren has already developed into one of the most all-round talents in the professional peloton, supporting GC riders like Jakob Fuglsang on the climbs in stage races, as well as taking major Classic victories for himself at the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and the Amstel Gold Race this year. Valgren also finished just off the podium in fourth place at the Tour of Flanders in April.

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Richard Windsor

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Richard is digital editor of Cycling Weekly. Joining the team in 2013, Richard became editor of the website in 2014 and coordinates site content and strategy, leading the news team in coverage of the world's biggest races and working with the tech editor to deliver comprehensive buying guides, reviews, and the latest product news.

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