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by Matt de Neef
November 28, 2016
In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Cant, van der Poel victorious in Zeven CX World Cup; Von Hoff, Garfoot win the Stan Siejka Classic; UCI rebuffs plans to reduce team sizes in big races; Lachlan Morton set to make his WorldTour return at the 2017 Tour Down Under; Peter Velits announces his retirement; UniSA-Australia to be the only wildcard team at the 2017 Tour Down Under; American Justin Oien completes Caja Rural-Seguros roster; Lizzie Williams on her battles with mental illness; A sneak-peek at Bahrain-Merida’s jersey for 2017; Michael Matthews set to appear on Slovak TV; Argy bargy in the Flandriencross.
Spanish Pro Continental team Caja Rural-Seguros has announced that 21-year-old American Justin Oien will take the final place on its roster for the 2017 season.
Oien is a sprinter and one-day specialist who has spent the past two seasons racing for the Axeon Hagens Berman Continental setup in the US. He was sixth in the U23 Paris-Roubaix and finished in the lead group in the U23 world championships road race in Qatar.
“I am extremely happy and grateful for the opportunity to take this next step in my career and join Caja Rural-Seguros RGA,” Oien said. “When I first started racing, my dream was to do it professionally in Europe one day. Then you realize ‘wow, I’ve got some work to do’ and you start slowly progressing, inching your way closer to that dream, which is now coming true.
“I want to enter each race with the goal of having an impact on the race because that’s how you learn and get better, by testing yourself and putting yourself in different scenarios”.