Arthur Kluckers joins UAE Team Emirates as stagiaire
After what has been an impressive season thusfar, Arthur Kluckers has earned himself a spot at UAE Team Emirates.
22-year-old Arthur Kluckers joined Leopard Pro Cycling prior to the 2019 season, after strong results and performance in the junior ranks in well-known races such as the Course de la Paix Juniors, Grand Prix Rüebliland and the Tour du Pays de Vaud. On top of that, he finished second at the Youth Olympics. At this point, Kluckers was already two times National Junior Time Trial Champion.
At Leopard Pro Cycling, Kluckers cemented his status as one of the biggest talents of the country. Not only did he win three U23 national titles, he was always a reliable force in the biggest races of the season. Especially this season, Kluckers knows how to convert his potential into results: 5th at Le Triptyque des Monts & Châteaux, 2nd in stage one of Le Tour de Bretagne Cycliste, 9th at the U23 European Time Trial Championships, a stage win at the Flèche du Sud and a stage win plus 5th overall at the Tour Alsace.
Kluckers will join the UCI WorldTour outfit as a stagiaire with immediate effect with his first race being the Tour de l'Ain (UCI 2.1)
"I am really excited for this opportunity to join UAE Team Emirates as a stagiaire and I am looking forward to race with the team. This opportunity means a lot to me as I have worked hard to get there. I will do my best to show my qualities and help the team achieve its goals. But I am also really greatful to Leopard Pro Cycling for letting me race with UAE. As there are very exciting times ahead I am very motivated and commited to make the best out of it ."
Markus Zingen, Team Manager Leopard Pro Cycling
"Arthur has really deserved this chance and therefore I am so happy for him. It was not easy for him the last two years, with many races cancelled for the young riders and also the fact that he had some crashes and bad luck. However, Arthur always kept faith, was really motivated and worked very hard for his goals. I am sure that he has the potential for the next step and UAE Team Emirates will not regret offering him this spot in their team."