Saxo Bank trio sign extensions
Young riders Jonas Aaen Jorgensen, Jaroslaw Marycz and Ran Margaliot have all committed themselves to Saxo Bank on new deals.
Danish cyclist Jorgensen, who has been with the team since 2010 and won last week's GP d'Ibergues, has extended his current contract by two years until 2014.
Team owner Bjarne Riis hailed the progress his 25-year-old compatriot has made in the past two seasons.
"I have always believed in Jonas," Riis said. "He clearly has talent, he is the winning type and has the right attitude, and he has developed significantly during the season. Jonas did well in spring and in the Vuelta, and his recent victory just confirms that we took the right decision to extend his deal."
Jorgensen added: "My victory in France has only made me hungrier and made me want to work even harder."
Twenty-four-year-old Pole Marycz has added a year to his deal, while Margaliot, who came to the team as a stagiaire, has now penned a full contract.
"Jaroslaw is a true fighter," Riis said of Marycz. "Quietly, he is becoming he is becoming a really good cyclist. I believe he can take another step upwards in the coming season.
"Ran has only been with us for a short time, but has shown a lot of courage and willingness to work. So we have decided to give him a contract to explore his potential further."