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by Mark Zalewski
December 23, 2016
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: UCI announces reformed points system for 2017 and beyond, will reward more riders in events; Former world champion Petra de Bruin speaks out about years of sexual abuse during her cycling career; UCI approves suspended Funvic Soul Cycles-Carrefour team’s ProContinental license; Former British Cycling coach posts about Brailsford controversy; David Walsh challenged over Team Sky defence; Tour de Langkawi reveals 2017 route despite economic troubles; Thomas De Gendt helps with Tom Simpson memorial; LottoNL-Jumbo presents 2017 team, goals; University to offer student mechanic scholarships; ‘Richmond 24’ short documentary; Team Sky holiday video; Santa gets own cyclocross category.
Team LottoNL-Jumbo presented its team for the 2017 season and also outlined the goals for the year — working for Dylan Groenewegen as their sprinter, Steven Kruijswijk aiming for the GC in the Giro d’Italia and Robert Gesink looking for a stage win in the Tour de France.
Jurgen van den Broeck, Robert Gesink, Dylan Groenewegen and Stef Clement during team presentation in Rijswijk, the Netherlands.
“We are going to continue to build our sprint train and GC train. With Dylan Groenewegen, we want to win sprints and with Steven Kruijswijk, we have the Giro as the ultimate goal. Achieving these goals requires proper planning and tactics,” said sport director Nico Verhoeven.
“The Tour de France is the biggest race of the year. Many Dutch people are on vacation and follow the Tour from start to finish. With Team LottoNL-Jumbo, we want to race attractively, aiming for stage victories. It is the first time that we have no GC ambitions in the Tour de France. Robert Gesink and Dylan Groenewegen, for example, will try to win stages.”
“It all went very quickly last year. The sprint train was getting better and I started winning,” Groenewegen said. “It makes sense to continue with this project. We will have a beautiful addition to the train with Lars Boom, who is an ideal rider for that role. He can direct the train well, and knows how to put us in position and to put out big watts.”
“Every moment from now on is centred on that great goal, the Giro,” said Kruijswijk. “We will do everything to be at the start in top form.”
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