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by Shane Stokes
June 7, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: Bouwman quickest of breakaway group to win stage three of the Critérium du Dauphiné; Froome to measure himself against GC riders in Critérium du Dauphiné time trial; Dumoulin extends Team Sunweb contract, commits until end of 2021; 2016 runner-up Izagirre in strong condition for Tour de Suisse; Colbrelli extends with Bahrain-Merida; Coquard needs to give ‘guarantees’ to get Tour de France ride; With report looming, British Cycling directors set to be replaced under new reforms; The Dos and Don’ts of Racing; New Iphone operating system to include a safety feature which should protect cyclists; Video: Thomas De Gendt post-race interview, Stage 3 Critérium du Dauphiné 2017; Video: Respect the riders; Video: Alberto Contador at Teide’s training camp; Video: Hammer Series Chase: Onboard highlights; Video: Why I Love Cycling
Hot on the heels of his first Grand Tour win in the Giro d’Italia, Tom Dumoulin has inked a further contract with Team Sunweb that will take him up to the end of the 2021 season. The 26-year-old currently has a deal running until the end of next season, making the new arrangement a three-year extension.
“I am really happy in the team so renewing my contract comes as a natural decision to me,” said Dumoulin. “The philosophy of the team suits me really well. Although demanding, I know it continues to develop me as a rider and together we make each other stronger.
“Every year we’ve made huge progression and continue to make steps to find ways to improve as a result of the teams expertise. I have grown alongside the team for the past six years and I am confident that we will continue this upwards process for the coming years.”
Dumoulin’s Giro d’Italia GC success also saw him win both a time trial and a mountain stage in the race, and he is thought likely to target the Tour de France in the future. “Dumoulin has shown over the previous six years with Team Sunweb that his personal beliefs align with the teams Keep Challenging philosophy, and that both rider and team compliment each other well,” said the team. “This provides the perfect foundation to continue building and strengthening the relationship in the future.”
Team Sunweb CEO Iwan Spekenbrink said that Dumoulin had been with the team for six years and was part of the core group of riders. “As a person he directly reflects our Keep Challenging philosophy, a crucial aspect to a strong relationship between Team Sunweb and our riders. Together we have already had many successes and we are extremely pleased to extend his contract so that we may continue to have many more together.”