17-year-old Wunderkind Albert Withen Philipsen entrusts his future to Lidl-Trek after dream season
Lidl-Trek is thrilled to announce the signing of rising star Albert Withen Philipsen, who will join the American outfit’s World Tour road racing team starting in 2025, and will represent it for the subsequent four seasons (through 2028).
In August, Albert added the Junior World Championship title to his palmarès, becoming the youngest rider to do so in the process. Five days later, he also claimed the rainbow jersey in the XCO mountain-bike discipline. In addition to two world titles, Albert struck gold twice in the European Championships, this time pairing an XCO title with the individual time trial on the road. Albert’s magnificent season has confirmed him as the brightest young talent on the market, especially given his remarkable cross-discipline ability.
In 2024, Albert will continue to race on the road with his current junior team, Tscherning Cycling Academy, whilst he will be supported by Trek in off-road disciplines. Albert will join Lidl-Trek in person for the first time at its upcoming winter training camps, from which point he will begin to receive support from the Team and its sponsors’ many experts. Starting January 1st, Albert will be racing and training on Trek bikes.
On his decision to join Lidl-Trek, Albert Withen Philipsen said: “For me Lidl-Trek was just the best match. My most important criteria when I had to choose my upcoming team, was to find the one that could best help me develop as a rider. I could really feel from the start how enthusiastic and passionate the people working in the team were, while still focused on not rushing the process and not putting too much pressure on my shoulders. With my multi-discipline approach it was also important for me to find a team that not only had the best setup on the road, but also on the MTB and cyclocross, and I really feel that Lidl-Trek does that.
“I’m really looking forward to getting to know everyone on the team. As a Dane I’m particularly excited to join Mads Pedersen and Mattias Skjelmose. In the next few years my plan is to continue to mix the different disciplines, but primarily focus on the road. I want to keep focusing on the process, and work on some of my weak points. For me that will be my general experience and tactical skills. I’m still trying to figure out which races I will focus on in the future. Right now I’m a bit ‘in between’ as a rider type, so I hope to become the best all-rounder in the world.”