WorldTour pro searches for new team on Twitter

Fredrik Ludvigsson is out of contract and so took to social media in his search for a team for the 2017 season

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Fredrik Ludvigsson has taken to Twitter in his quest to find a team for the 2017 season after Giant-Alpecin did not renew the 22-year-old's contract at the team.

Ludvigsson took to social media on Tuesday evening asking any teams "who need a strong rider for 2017" to email him with their interest.

The Swedish rider rode his last race for the German team as recently as October 30 at the Tour of Hainan but his season has been marred by a number of DNFs.

September was particularly tough for the young rider when he finished just one of the four races he started.

Ludvigsson's older brother Tobias has secured his future in the WorldTour after signing a two-year contract with FDJ.

Other riders who have found themselves in a similar situation often choose to drop down to the Pro-Continental ranks for a season before attempting to get back into the WorldTour at a later date.

British national champion Adam Blythe has moved to new Irish-based team Aqua Blue after his contract at Tinkoff ended when the team was closed at the end of the 2016 season.

A similar move might be a good way for Ludvigsson to remain a pro-cyclist and at 22-years-old, time is on his side for breaking back into the top ranks.

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Jack Elton-Walters hails from the Isle of Wight, and would be quick to tell anyone that it's his favourite place to ride. He has covered a varied range of topics for Cycling Weekly, producing articles focusing on tech, professional racing and cycling culture. He moved on to work for Cyclist Magazine in 2017 where he stayed for four years until going freelance. He now returns to Cycling Weekly from time-to-time to cover racing, review cycling gear and write longer features for print and online. He is not responsible for misspelled titles on box outs, and he lost the argument about using UK spellings