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Following Olympic champion Anna van der Breggen’s and Lucinda Brand‘s transfer announcements earlier this month, today another Rabo-Liv rider announced she’ll be leaving the Dutch squad. Cyclocross world champion Thalita de Jong revealed that, after five years with Rabo-Liv, she’ll be taking a lead role for the small Belgium UCI team Lares-Waowdeals.
Rabo-Liv has been a fixture in women’s cycling for years but at the start of the season, Rabobank announced that after 20 years of sponsorship, it’s going to end support of pro cycling.
While former multi-world champion Marianne Vos has stated that she’ll continue with the team’s smaller sponsors, the rest of the team is disbanding quickly.
Van der Breggen will be joining the dominant force that is Boels-Dolmans, former Dutch road champion Lucinda Brand will be moving to Liv-Plantur, Roxane Knetemann is transferring to PC FutureScope, DS Koos Moerenhout will become the European manager of Axeon Hagens Berman, and more announcements are yet to come.
The 2016 season has been a successful one for De Jong, highlighted by the national and world champion titles in cyclocross and a stage win at the Giro Rosa on the road. But the 22-year-old has spent much of her five years with Rabo-Liv riding in support of Vos and Van der Breggen and she’s now ready to take on a lead role herself.
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Today’s feature image is from stage 10 of the Vuelta a España.