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by Shane Stokes
September 22, 2017
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Choosing to move squads rather than remain longer with Team Sky, Dutch sprinter Danny van Poppel has signed a two-year contract with Team LottoNL-Jumbo. The 24-year-old won a stage in the Vuelta a España in 2015 but had a quiet season this year.
He sees his move as the opportunity for a fresh start. “It’s fantastic to join Team LottoNL-Jumbo. It’s great to see how the team is developing sprinting, as sprinting is my main goal,” he said. “However, I’m looking very much forward to the Classics too. I know that they suit me, although I wasn’t really able to show that due to some bad luck over the last years.”
The team’s directeur sportif Merijn Zeeman described him as a classic talent. “We are proud that Van Poppel has chosen our team above others and that we now have two world class sprinters within our team. We will make Danny even faster and make him a better cyclist.”
Van Poppel will share sprinting duties with Dylan Groenewegen, who won the final stage of this year’s Tour de France in Paris.