BORA - hansgrohe signs neo-pros Matthew Walls and Frederik Wandahl
In recent years, Walls has been concentrating his efforts on the track and, among other achievements, took bronze in the Omnium at the 2020 World Championships. Wandahl is regarded as an all-rounder with solid climbing capabilities. Both riders have signed three-year contracts.
"Matthew completed British Cycling's talent development program on the track. We are confident that this foundation will enable him to cope well with the jump to the WorldTour. We will endeavour to bring him up to the necessary level in the next few years and build him up as a sprinter. With his speed, we believe that he possesses a strong basis for this. Frederik is a very young athlete, however, he possesses a lot of talent for various tasks. At the junior level, he showed himself to be a complete rider, whether in one-day or stage races. His path is not yet as clearly defined as that of Matthew. We will therefore provide him with the time he needs to discover where his greatest strengths lie and where he will eventually find his place in the peloton.” - Christian Schrot, Sports Director & Scout
"This is of course a great opportunity for me, and the team has developed immensely over the last few years. In the past, I have ridden both track and road, and I think the track has given me the necessary top end speed to be successful in sprinting on the road. Tokyo remains a goal, but my priorities now lie on the road. BORA - hansgrohe has developed many top sprinters, and that gives me a lot of confidence. Thanks to the team for this opportunity, I can't wait to contribute to their success.” - Matthew Walls
"I am very pleased to be able to continue my development at BORA - hansgrohe. During our discussions, this was a significant reason for me choosing this team. They have the right people to guarantee optimal development. Neither of us knows at the moment where our common path will lead us. I'm a good climber, but I also have a strong finish, so that could suit races such as Liège-Bastogne-Liège. I also want to thank my current squad, Team Coloquick. It is thanks to their support in my first U23 year that I’m now able to have this chance." - Frederik Wandahl