Polish step up can help Kildemand
5:30am Saturday 25th January 2014 in By Andy Warren, Deputy sports editor, firstname.lastname@example.org, @AndyWarren_
DANE Peter Kildemand is hopeful his first foray into the Polish Ekstraliga will help him take his career to the next level.
The 24-year-old spent last season riding for Lodz in the second tier but his performances there, as well as he spectacular displays for the Robins and in Sweden, have seen him earn a spot with Czestochowa for 2014.
As well as an increase in wage, with riders in Poland’s top division able to earn up to seven-times what they are paid in Britain, Kildemand hopes competing with the best riders in the world every Sunday will help him rise up the ranks.
“It’s great for me and I can’t wait to ride in the top division in Poland because that’s where everyone wants to be,” he said.
“I had a few offers from different clubs and being able to ride every Sunday for Czestochowa is going to be great. Some other clubs have five riders for four places but this move is the best for me.
“We have four riders for four spots and it’s going to be a great season.
“Hopefully if I can score some points in this league and beat some great riders I can have a chance of riding for Denmark this year but I don’t know what the coach is thinking.”
Kildemand will team-up with fellow countryman Michael Jepsen Jensen, Rune Holta, Grigorij Laguta and Greg Walasek for the Lions this season and is excited by the team around him despite the fact they will have to cope without Emil Sayfutdinov following his move to Torun.
“I know a few of the guys like Michael and it is a good team and they will all be fun to race with,” he said. “Greg (Walasek) just signed a few weeks ago and he’s a very good rider.
“Emil has gone and we will all have to try and replace him but there’s not too much pressure there.”
Meanwhile, Robins boss Alun Rossiter has confirmed the club will not be donning the popular purple race suits they wore last season and will instead be sticking to their traditional red.