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by Mark Zalewski
February 13, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Felline wins Trofeo Laigueglia; Valverde solos to fifth win at Vuelta a Murcia; Cort Nielsen wins Clasica de Almeria; Van der Poel, Cant take final Superprestige round in Middelkerke and overall titles; Cant, van der Poel win at Holly Cross Fortress; Janse van Rensburg, Dalton win South African road titles; Klaas Vantornout says team is terminating his contract early; 2018 Tour de France Grand Départ confirmed for Vendee; Science of Cycling – The Echelon: How To Deal With a Crosswind; Van der Poel pulls wheelie celebration during final lap in Middelkerke; 10 crazy wall rides.
Following another disappointing season Klaas Vantornout (Marlux-Napoleon Games) says his team told him it will exercise a clause in his contract that will allow it to be terminated on 1 March, though team manager Jurgen Mettepenningen said that decision has not yet been made.
“After the race in Middelkerke I was told in a telephone conversation with Jurgen that my contract is terminated on March 1,” Vantornout told Sporza. “That was a big surprise, a real sledgehammer. I did not see that coming. I have built a very nice relationship with the team.”
“Whether we will terminate the contract with Klaas? That’s too premature,” Mettepenningen told Sporza. “Klaas has a contract until March 1, 2018, with a clause stating that the contract can be terminated on March 1, 2017. I called Klass today and said we would look at that clause. This evaluation always comes at the end of a season, but we can not deny the results for the second year in a row.”
The 2015 Belgian champion has had few top results this season, with only one win and two other podium finishes. His top World Cup result was 10th in Namur and he finished 10th at the Belgian championship last month.
“This is very hard,” said Vantornout. “I will not say goodbye to my beautiful sport this way. I love to race and we know what we have had together, but apparently this is how it is in the business world. We’ll see what the future is; I have to let this sink in first. One thing is certain… I really do not want to stop.”
Click through to read more at Sporza.