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by Shane Stokes
May 16, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: Rafal Majka wins stage 2 at the Amgen Tour of California, takes overall lead; Quintana: It will be difficult to keep the Maglia Rosa in the Giro time trial; Dumoulin relishes Giro TT, wants to gain as much time as possible on Quintana before next mountains; Landa to continue in Giro d’Italia after all-clear given; Vinokourov calls for corruption case to be dismissed; Giro d’Italia race director defends police motorcyclists after stage 9 crash; Giro d’Italia sends ‘signal of hope and solidarity’ to those affected by Italian earthquakes; Felline inks new one year contract extension with Trek-Segafredo; BMC Racing Team promotes Van Hooydonck to WorldTour level; Trek-Segafredo riders highlighting visibility during Giro d’Italia TT stages; Aqua Blue Sport rider says airline destroyed his bike; Video: Giro d’Italia Backstage Pass – Stage 9 Pre Race; Video: Giro d’Italia Backstage Pass – Stage 9 Post Race; Bram Tankink goes wild on Giro rest day; Cannondale-Drapac gets cartoon treatment en route to the Amgen Tour of California
Continuing the progress he has made since joining the BMC Development Team in 2015, Belgian rider Nathan Van Hooydonck will step up to the WorldTour level at the end of this month in the Tour de Luxembourg. The BMC Racing Team announced on Monday that the 21-year-old would be promoted to its squad for the race, making him the eighth rider to step up from the Development Team.
“Rather than join us for the start of the 2017 season, we wanted to give Nathan Van Hooydonck some extra time to mature as a rider and we feel this is the right time to welcome him to BMC Racing Team,” stated General Manager Jim Ochowicz.
“We have enjoyed the most successful Classics season in our team’s history this year and we are always on the look out for up and coming talent to join our ranks. Van Hooydonck has showed great talent in his two full seasons with BMC Development Team, including his U23 Belgian National Road Race championship and multiple podium results at stage and one-day races.”
Van Hooydonck said he found it difficult to articulate his excitement. “This had been the goal I have worked for my whole life. This is a dream come true! Joining BMC Racing Ream means that I will be amongst the best riders in the WorldTour, so I will try to keep my eyes and ears open to learn as much as possible.”
“I hope to show BMC Racing Team that they made the right choice by giving me the chance to step up and I want to show the fans what I’m capable of.”