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by Mark Zalewski
December 28, 2016
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Mathieu van der Poel talks about tough times at Heusden-Zolder; Michael Vanthournhout responds to Van der Poel start incident; Lars Boom makes successful return to World Cup cyclocross; Peter Stetina says he almost quit mid-season; LottoNL-Jumbo tweaks management roles; Floyd’s of Leadville to sponsor Tour of the Battenkill; Filming the final jump from ‘Danny MacAskill – Cascadia’; Meyers Grade Silent Descent.
The LottoNL-Jumbo team is making some changes at the management level of the team as it heads into 2017, hoping the tweaks at the top will filter down to results on the road. Merijn Zeeman will move from a coaching role to become Sportive Director, focusing on more technical aspects of the team; and Nico Verhoeven will become Race Director, responsible for the strategy and tactics in every race the team starts.
Nico Verhoeven, Richard Plugge and Merijn Zeeman pictured during the LottoNL-Jumbo presentation in Rijswijk, the Netherlands.
“Today’s cycling needs a more specific focus on tasks,” General Manager Richard Plugge explained. “Preparation, both physical and mental, and materials are important. They are just as important as a performance on the road. This needs a 100 per cent focus. We are already working this way, but with a clearer delineation for 2017.”
“I have long been engaged in coaching riders in the team,” Zeeman said. “In recent years, I did that as a sports director and I coached the riders individually. From now on, I’m going to focus on the big picture and the overall sports policy.
“Race director means that I am responsible for all the races and what it involves,” said Verhoeven. “I make the line-ups in consultation with the coaches and sport directors. I am also responsible for the tactics even for the races where I’m not the sports director.”
In addition to the new roles, Grischa Niermann and Sierk Jan de Haan join the team as sport directors in the cars at races.
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