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by Mark Zalewski
December 17, 2016
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Hidden motor inventor Varjas claims technological fraud still possible despite UCI checks; BMC Racing Team president Ochowicz ‘very confident’ in Porte’s Tour de France chances; Cookson urges Brailsford to reveal contents of medical package; Five questions for Dave Brailsford; Moreno Hofland on his new team; Edward Theuns calls the 2017 season ‘A rehabilitation year’; Aqua Blue Sport names roster for inaugural race; Androni-Giocattoli gets ProContinental license from UCI, no word on TJ Sport; Video shows Britain’s transport secretary dooring cyclist; Stölting Service Group team folds; NFTO closes after no replacement sponsor found; Japanese cyclocross racer forced to leave Belgium; Top Irish track rider Caroline Ryan retires; UCI Cyclcross World Championships teaser.
Moreno Hofland said he needed a change, and he thinks moving to Marc Sergeant’s Lotto Soudal team in 2017 will provide just that. He had multiple wins in 2014, including stage wins at Paris-Nice, the Tour of Utah and the Ruta del Sol. However, he had only two wins in 2015, at the Ster ZLM Tour and Tour de Yorkshire, and the top step eluded him completely in 2016.
Moreno Hofland (right) had multiple podiums in 2015, but no wins.
“That was very frustrating,” he said at the team’s training camp in Mallorca.
“2016 was a year in which it was always almost. After the spring I just did a ‘reset,’ and I felt then ready to score in the second part of the season. I headed to a few smaller stage races and there were chances, but every time I made small mistakes in the sprint.
“When the will to win was too big you make mistakes. Now that time is behind me — in this new team I want to win again.”
While he is seeking wins, he said it will be in the context of the already powerful sprint train that includes Andre Greipel and Dylan Groenewegen, with Hofland looking to help power the lead-outs at the bigger races and take the lead in other ones.
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