Team Sky battle four other WorldTour teams to sign under-23 world champion

Quick-Step Floors, Orica-Scott, LottoNL-Jumbo, and Sunweb also in the hunt for Kristoffer Halvorsen

Kristoffer Halvorsen wins the men's U-23 road race at the 2016 World Road Championships

(Image credit: Graham Watson)

Many of the biggest team's in cycling look set to battle it out for the signature of Kristoffer Halvorsen over the next few months, with the Norwegian rider not short of options as he looks to step up to the WorldTour ranks in 2018.

Halvorsen, who won the under-23 World Championships road race in Qatar in October, rode with Team Sky at their Mallorca training camp on Saturday, and is also set to spend a few days with Quick-Step Floors in January.

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"It is incredibly huge for me. It's a dream just to be involved and see how they ride and watch what they are doing as the world's best team," says  the 20-year-old told TV2.

"They are very good to ride with, but they are also very nice. It has been really fun to be involved."

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With so many teams rumoured to be interested in him Halvorsen, who will continue to ride for Norwegian Continental team Joker-Byggtorget in 2017, seems relaxed and able to take time to assess his options.

"All of the big teams are very good, but I have not made any decision about which team I want to ride for.

"I have good people around me and that helps me to make the best choice."

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