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by Mark Zalewski
November 10, 2016
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Marini wins fourth stage at Tour of Taihu Lake; Dimension Data set to remain in WorldTour as UCI increases maximum number of teams; WorldTour lite? Participation not mandatory for UCI WorldTeams at 10 new WorldTour events; Marianne Vos reunites with team director Jeroen Blijlevens; Nikki Brammeier recounts dealing with concussion after crash; Brailsford, British Cycling to be questioned by Parliament; New RCS Medigroup president considers auctioning Giro TV rights; Lars van der Haar out with leg injury; JLT-Condor signs Brenton Jones; Team CCB International announces roster; British time trial events see more testing, no positives; Amateur cyclist admits to doping; American racer loses bet, gets tattoo of New Zealand; Final stages of Tour of Southland; Snow Bike Festival, Gstaad 2017 trailer; Never have a flat again?
The continuation of the Rabo-Liv team, WM3 Pro Cycling, today announced that former pro cyclist Jeroen Blijlevens has signed a two-year contract to join Marianne Vos’ team as Directeur Sportif. This is a reunion for Vos and Blijlevens, who worked together in 2010 and 2011 when Blijlevens was the team director of Nederland Bloeit and Rabobank.
“We worked well together for several years,” commented Vos is a team statement. “Partly thanks to him, I took home some big wins during that time and laid down an important foundation for the successes that came afterwards. Hopefully, WM3 Pro Cycling will again benefit from Jeroen’s expertise.”
This appointment marks Blijlevens’ return to professional cycling since he was fired as team manager of the men’s Belkin team in 2013 after admitting that he had used EPO during his cycling career.
In the past few years he held a position with cycling clothing manufacturer, GSG, but expressed excitement about his return to the sport in this capacity.
“It’s wonderful to be able to step back into the team car. Especially at the highest level,” commented Blijlevens. “I want to show WM3 Pro Cycling and all cycling fans my value as a team leader. We’re going for resounding victories and will be working with our talents towards a sustainable future.”
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