Women's pro cycling's biggest revelation in 2021
Brilliant Danish youngster, 21, hopes to cover the best years in her career with the Telefónica-backed squad as she starts new contract for next three years.
The most phenomental breakthrough in the WorldTour peloton for 2021 will remain a Movistar Team member in the upcoming years. The Telefónica-backed squad announced on Tuesday the contract renewal of Emma Norsgaard (DEN, 1999) through the end of the 2024 season, thus extending a relationship that expired at the end of next season. This extension further reinforces the Blues’ potential for the foreseeable future and the Spanish outfit’s confidence on the Dane following a sensational first half of the year.
Norsgaard has truly become one of the best riders in the world with her talent for either sprints, one-day races or time trials. She has already scored four victories in 2021, all in less than a month between the Festival Elsy Jacobs (which she dominated, with two stage wins + the overall classification) and the Lotto Thüringen Ladies Tour (stage win + three days in the GC lead). Emma has also collected nine other podiums, in races as different as Germany, the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, De Panne or the Healthy Ageing Tour. The ‘Danish Rocket’ will seek to defend her national road title this weekend, then head into the Giro Donne in July as one of the Movistar Team’s main hopes for success.
Emma Norsgaard: “It’s been such an amazing year for me so far, and the Movistar Team have put so much confidence on what I can do. I really trust this project, and that’s what has moved me to sign for another two years with this team. I’m really looking forward to what the future holds for us together. Vamos!“
Sebastián Unzué: “Emma’s contract extension was crucial to our team’s future. She’s quickly built a reputation as one of the best riders in the world, as shown in both one-day races, where she’s fought for victories against the top contenders in the peloton, and stageraces. She’s also rose as one of the best sprinters in the world, another reason why it was so important for us to have her aboard mid / long-term, so we could build a strong team around her. She’s a rider we expect -and she’s already taking on that role- to be one of our leaders in the future. We’re sure she’ll be a reference for this organisation in the upcoming years.”