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Kenny Nijssen wins Wattmeister Challenge and becomes trainee at KATUSHA ALPECIN



On Wednesday, July 11th, Kenny Nijssen reached the highest wattage per kilogram on a Tacx Neo smart trainer device. Nijssen reached 6.4 Watt/kg and was rewarded with a genuine internship at Team KATUSHA ALPECIN. Starting August 1st, Nijssen will be a trainee/stagiair in the Swiss WorldTour team until December 31st 2018.
- This is really fantastic. I knew I could come close but to win, that is something else. Since my qualification for the Wattmeister finale, I was focused on this day. I saw my wattages were good. I skipped the Marmotte last week, just to give my body some rest for today. Already for many years I have tried to get a chance on a higher level, and now I can prove what I can do in a WorldTour team. I hope to show what I am capable of, – said Kenny Nijssen.
Kenny Nijssen (UWTC De Volharding) is 27 years old. With his 52,5 kg, Kenny Nijssen is a climber. He is especially known in the granfondo world. In 2016 he was the winner of La Marmotte (over Glandon, Télégraphe, Galibier and l’Alpe d’Huez), a granfondo earlier won by pro riders like Laurens Ten Dam and Sander Armée.
In Amsterdam ten riders fought for the trainee contract at KATUSHA ALPECIN. Nijssen ended his challenge with a score of 6.29 Watt per kg. Second place was for Thijs de Lange with 6.28 Watt/kg. Third was Jeen de Jong (6.05). 2017 Wattmeister Piotr Havik finished fourth.
Wattmeister Challenge was an initiative from bicycle brand Canyon, KATUSHA ALPECIN and Topcompetitie. The Topcompetitie is a cycling league with eight Dutch races for men at semi-professional level. The Wattmeister was allowed to wear the red KATUSHA/Canyon jersey in the races. That jersey could only be attacked by the Topcompetitie riders on a smart trainer device (Tacx Neo) under the auspices of specialized exercise physiologist. The winner of Young Rider competition is guaranteed a trainee contract at the WorldTour Team LottoNL-Jumbo.
- We were immediately charmed by this initiative. It is original but also ground-breaking. The participants were highly motivated to become a trainee/stagiair in Team KATUSHA ALPECIN and, as the Wattmeister is a rider of one of the 17 Topcompetion teams, we know that he will be a rider with experience. Last year we only had positive experiences with Piotr Havik. We are eager to add another Dutch talent to our selection. Now it’s up to Kenny to prove what he can at the highest level, said José Azevedo, General Manager of Team KATUSHA ALPECIN.
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Former neo-pros stay with team for 2 more years
Two former neo-pros have extended their time with Team KATUSHA ALPECIN. Danish rider Mads Würtz Schmidt (24) and Jenthe Biermans (22) have both signed two-year contracts.
General Manager José Azevedo: When we sign a neo-pro rider I don’t look for results from them – I look for improvement. From these two riders, every three- or four-months I have seen a step forward in their riding. This year in the classics, Mads had some bad luck when he crashed in Paris-Roubaix so that took him out of contention, but then he came to the Giro and did a very good first big tour with interesting results, namely a seventh place in stage 10. This was the confirmation of his potential that we expected.
Jenthe has also shown himself in the classics. We believe he can be a very good classics rider. When we sign these riders as under 23, and then when we see them improve and show the potential they have, it would make no sense at all to lose these guys. We are happy to continue the work and the process with them to make them strong riders, concluded Azevedo.
Look for announcements of more signings in the near future.
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Team Katusha-Alpecin: 2-year contracts inked for Politt and Zabel



Team KATUSHA ALPECIN has reached an agreement with German riders Nils Politt and Rick Zabel for 2-year contract extensions, taking both twenty-four year-olds through the 2020 cycling season.
General Manager José Azevedo had high praise for these riders, noting that the expected results from initials signings in 2015 have definitely come to fruition in both riders.
Nils is a rider who came to us in 2015 so he has been with us in the team for 3 years. Every year we have seen improvement from him. He has shown us this year that he can do very well in the classics with his 7th place in Paris-Roubaix. When we first signed him, we saw a rider with so much potential, and now he is arriving at the maturity we expected. We continue to put our trust in him and he’s a big part of our team. Now we continue our work together. We signed him for 2 more years because we believe he will bring results to the team, said Azevedo.
The general manager also had encouraging words for Rick Zabel: Rick has been doing his job very well. He’s a strong rider and in the lead-out, he’s doing perfect work for our leaders – last year for Alex (Kristoff) and now for Marcel (Kittel). Apart from this work he is doing, I think Rick at 24 years old can also be a winner and I think this is the next step for him. We know he can do the lead-out, but we also believe he can win. We are happy with the improvements we have seen from him in the team and we want to keep him. Our goal when we initially sign under 23 riders such as Nils or Rick, is to prepare for the future of this team and turn them into the leaders of our team.
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