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"I think it's important to keep being at the pointy end of the race and contest the win and that's what I am good at. Of course it's a higher level and I won't win 11 races next year but in time, I hope to be one of the...





30.11.2014 @ 16:06 Posted by Joseph Doherty

Orica Greededge have managed to secure two of the fastest young talents in cycling when they signed Caleb Ewan and Magnus Cort Nielsen this offseason. 


Ewan was already close to his first WorldTour win when he finished second on the opening stage of the Tour of Beijing and Cort wonn 11 races in 2014, two of them professional events.


"The goal with him and Caleb, is to keep them winning, they are winners, and develop them at the same time," Orica-GreenEdge Matt White told Cyclingnews. "We have to be realistic with them, but I think they are capable of winning in the WorldTour."


While Orica had Ewan signed up to a pre-contract agreement  in October 2013 to join the team in August 2014, Orica had to battle hard to get Cort to sign for them, which he eventually did on a three-year deal.


"I am really happy, it's a good team, a nice team and the atmosphere is relaxed and welcoming," Cort told Cyclingnews.


The 21 year old took stages at the Dour of Denmark and Tour of Fjords in 2014 and after a good 2013, he wasn’t too surprised by his success this time round.


"I don't think I expect 11 UCI wins, but of course I had two pro wins the year before so in some ways, I tried to do the same, but I was not expecting to get two pro wins again, but I was trying to get UCI wins.


"I had a really good team around me supporting me and as a fast rider, it's a little bit easier to get the wins with that help as we did lots of races that suited me really well."


Cort hopes he can win in the WorldTour, but says he is not a bunch sprinter like Ewan, with matt White comparing him to future teammate Michael Matthews.


"I am not a big bunch sprinter but I think I'll still be pretty fast. I think I'll still spring in small groups, which is how I've got wins this year. I've never tried to go solo to the finish line," Cort said.


Cort knows he will need to work for other riders in 2015, but he is hopeful that when he does get chances to ride for himself, he will be able to take them.


"I am sure that I will get my chances on this team and we will see," he said. "Of course you have to grab the chances that you are given or else someone else will and that's also 100 per cent OK if I am not performing. You shouldn't work for me if I can't win. I hope to get a win next year.”


"It would be good to do some of the smaller races and get some results," he said. "I think it's important to keep being at the pointy end of the race and contest the win and that's what I am good at. Of course it's a higher level and I won't win 11 races next year but in time, I hope to be one of the best riders in the peloton. But I guess everybody says that when they turn pro."


Cort has also set himself long term goals that he thinks could make him one of the biggest names in the sport.


"A Tour de France stage would be good, it would be huge, but the biggest dream that I have is to be world champion. Not next year, but one day."


White revealed that his season would start on "last day of February in France, then off to Tirreno-Adriatico, and then Belgium."




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