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by Mark Zalewski
August 6, 2016
In Saturday’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Terpstra takes win at Dwars door het Hageland; McCabe continues young rider wins at Utah; Haas wins Burgos, stage 4; Ezquerra solos to win in strange Portugal stage; Henderson leaving Lotto-Soudal but is committed to extending career; Frank Schleck announces pending retirement; Sep Vanmarcke inks contract with Cannondale-Drapac, boosts team’s Classics potential; Adrien Costa: A mind that moves mountains; Meet the only female mechanic on the Pro Road Tour; Jess Varnish on decision to speak-up about British Cycling issues; Meet Laos’ entry in the Olympic road race; Cyclist saves man from jumping off bridge; Woman assaulted for cycling too slow; Rwandan cycling team movie in the works; 2016 Japan Cup preview; Team GB on the Rio road race; Stybar films wet conditions inside the athlete village
He has played a crucial part in Andre Greipel’s leadout train for five seasons but now it’s time for a fresh start for Greg Henderson. The Kiwi has confirmed to CyclingTips that he will leave the team at the end of the season but that he intends competing at least one to two more seasons in the WorldTour peloton. He is currently in talks with teams to determine his new direction.
Last winter Henderson had indicated that 2016 would be his final season but he subsequently had a change of heart, deciding during the spring that he wanted to continue in the sport. He went through an incredible training regime to make sure that he rode the Tour, riding for up to three hours at a time out of the saddle earlier this year when he was affected by bad saddle sores.
That dedication paid off with selection for the Tour and, on the last day of the race, a superb win by Greipel on the Champs Elysees. Henderson played a key role in the leadout, but already knew then that it would be his last Tour backing the German.
“At that point I already knew that I wasn’t on the team for next year,” he explained on Thursday. “But at the end of the day I am a competitive athlete and a professional also. I needed to do my job and I did that.”
According to Henderson, he had hoped to continue with Lotto-Soudal in 2017 but it appears that confusion about his plans complicated things. During the Tour he tried to speak to the team about a new contract but this was met by surprise by team management, who said that they had thought he was retiring.
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