Cycling

Top Norwegian talent joins Team Dimension Data

2018-08-13 19:22
Rasmus Tiller
Rasmus Tiller (Photo Credit: Stiehl Photography)

Cape Town - Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka on Monday has announced the signing of Rasmus Tiller on a two-year contract from January 1, 2019.

The 22-year-old joins from UCI Continental outfit Team Joker Icopal where he has been for the last two seasons.

He's a powerful young rider showcased by his second place at the Norwegian road race championships this year, an event that he won in 2017, aged just 20.

Of the year ahead with Team Dimension Data, Tiller said he can't wait to get started.

"I am really looking forward to be part of Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka. It's going to be really exciting, and I am really grateful for the opportunity," he said.

"My big goal for 2019 is to continue developing as a rider and of course to do my job as well as possible for the team. I'll try to take the opportunities that I get in races and to do my best."

Sports director Gino Van Oudenhove knows Tiller better than most and is looking forward to working with him again.

"I am very pleased to see Rasmus progress to the higher ranks. He is a strong, loyal and dedicated rider that I know very well from our time together at my previous team, Joker Icopal," said Van Oudenhove.

"I'm convinced that he will make a very good contribution to our Classics squad, as well as in the lead-out for the sprints. With this opportunity it will be not only his but also our responsibility to develop him into a top rider for the future."

His addition will likely also see our team's popularity among Norwegian fans continue to soar, a base that's grown thanks to Edvald Boasson Hagen’s presence.

'The Boss' has become a cult figure, of sorts, and Tiller will be able to lean on the experience of his compatriot as he makes his way at the top end of the sport.

"I'm really looking forward to racing with Edvald as he has been a role model for me over a number of years, so it will be cool to learn from him. He has huge amount of experience so I'm looking forward to seeking his advice as I take my first steps on the World Tour," he said.

It’s been a rapid rise for Tiller who only started cycling seriously quite late on.

"When I was young I always dreamt of being a professional football player, I'm a Manchester United fan, but when I was 16 I started cycling and the rest, as they say, is history," said Tiller.

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