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by Shane Stokes
January 5, 2018
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Finishing just off the podium in the 2017 Vuelta a España – but potentially moving to third overall if Chris Froome is disqualified – Wilco Kelderman has been rewarded with a two year contract with Team Sunweb. The 26-year-old Dutchman moved to the team in 2017 and impressed, taking that Vuelta result, fourth in the Vuelta a Andalucia, sixth in the Eneco Tour, seventh in the UCI team time trial championships and eighth in the Tour de Suisse.
He also clocked up eight top-ten stage finishes in the Vuelta and helped Team Sunweb to gold in the world team time trial championships.
“I found my place in the team straight away and immediately felt comfortable here,” he said on Thursday. “The team works precisely to set goals and always uses an accurate plan. The ways in which we work together during a race following these plans really gives me confidence and the structure means that we can focus fully on racing and training.
“My first year has been great and throughout all of the ups and downs [namely crashes at Strade Bianche and Giro d’Italia] I always felt a part of the team, which in itself says a lot about the environment. I’m really looking forward to the upcoming years with this young, strong team. I’m confident that together we can continue to build on the strong results we achieved together this year.”
Team Sunweb coach Aike Visbeek described him as a “massively gifted athlete,” and said that he has grown with each month. “As well as a leader, he’s also a real team player which is one of the biggest qualities we look for in any rider. We’re looking forward to continuing to work on his development as he shows great potential for the coming years.”