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by Mark Zalewski
December 6, 2016
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Race radios, gran fondos, one-day licenses, and more: USA Cycling announces policy and operational changes for 2017; Azevedo replaces Ekimov as Katusha general manager; Laura Kenny critical of omnium format changes; Wout van Aert happy with current form, despite criticism; Dwars door Vlaanderen adding cobbles, shifting date in 2018; Lotto Soudal announces team rosters; Van Avermaet named top Flemish athlete; Dumoulin, Van der Breggen and Ligtlee nominated for Dutch awards; Aqua Blue Sport unveils team kit; Course construction underway for Cyclocross World Championships; WorldTour riders look back on Revolution Cycling Champions League in London; Teaser for Mayhem documentary.
Lotto Soudal has officially announced the roster for its three teams, the men’s WorldTour team, the women’s WorldTour team and it sunder-23 (U23) squad. The official presentation is scheduled for December 20.
Five riders are new to the 28-ride men’s team, with two coming from within the programme. Belgian Enzo Wouters and Briton James Callum Shaw both raced for the U23 team. Belgian Rémy Mertz is also a neo-pro. Nikolas Maes comes to the team from Etixx-QuickStep and Moreno Hofland from LottoNL-Jumbo.
Notable depatures include Gert Dockx, Greg Henderson and Dutchman Pim Ligthart.
The 12-rider women’s team adds Belgians Annelies Dom and Kaat Van der Meulen, along with Dutch riders Puck Moonen and Dane Trine Schmidt. Austrian Anna Kiesenhofer. Lieselot Decroix decided to postpone her retirement for one year. The team has also signed a youth developmental rider — Julie Roelandts recently won the Belgian cyclocross championships in the 14-year-old division.
Emma Pooley, who un-retired midway through this year and rode with the team, will not return.
Click through to read more at Lotto Soudal.