KURT-ASLE ARVESEN


Date of birth: 09/02/1975


From: Molde, Norway


Team: Sky


Previous teams: Saxo Bank (2004-2009); Team Fakta (2001-2003), Amica Chips (2000), Riso Scotti (1999), Asics (1998)





Kurt-Asle Arvesen career profile


Since joining CSC six years ago, Kurt-Asle Arvesen has carved out a role as one of the most respected and reliable domestiques in the business.



His talent was clear from an early age, as he took the rainbow jersey in 1997, winning the U23 world championship road race ahead of Oscar Freire.



After a tentative first few years learning the ropes in Italy, Arvesen’s first big win came at the 2003 Giro d’Italia, when he won an early stage in the colours of modest Scandinavian squad Fakta. Having caught the eye of wealthier suitors, he made the switch to CSC at the end of the season.





On Bjarne Riis’s team, he was often employed as a super-domestique for the squad’s leaders in the big races. Nevertheless, Arvesen has consistently finished in the upper reaches of the results.

He has great versatility, possessing a decent sprint, while still being equally at home in the hills or on the cobbles.



The Scandinavian seems to get better with age, with his best results coming in the last couple of years. A second Giro d’Italia stage win arrived in 2007.





After several strong finishes in one-day races – including second in Paris-Tours – the 34-year-old claimed semi-classic E3 Prijs Vlaanderen last April. In his best year to date, the likeable Saxo Bank rider also took his first Tour de France stage in Foix.



After a lengthy stint with Saxo Bank, Arvesen heads to Team Sky for 2010. His experience, versatility and strength make him a valuable asset for the new British team.


Kurt-Asle Arvesen results




2009


National road race championship





2008

E3 Prijs Vlaanderen


National road race championship


Tour de France; stage eleven


Tour of Poland; stage one TTT





2007


GP Herning


Giro d’Italia; stage eight


Tour of Denmark; stage three


Tour of Denmark; overall





2006

Ster Elektrotoer; overall


National time-trial championship


Vuelta a Espana; stage one TTT





2004


Aarhus GP


Tour of Denmark; overall





2003


Giro d’Italia; stage ten





2002

Tour of Sweden; overall


Tour of Denmark; stage three


National road race championships





2001


National time-trial championships


Herald Sun Tour; stage nine





1998

National road race championships





1997


National road race championships


U23 world-road race championships, San Sebastian

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