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by Mark Zalewski
December 27, 2016
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Van Aert extends World Cup lead with dominant win at Heusden-Zolder; Vos continues comeback with World Cup win at Heusden-Zolder; British Cycling announces funding cuts; Froome discusses 2017 race plan; Quintana confirms Giro, Tour double; Movistar extends with Soler, Sütterlin; Van der Haar makes return at Heusden-Zolder; Van der Poel changes a shoe faster than many change a bike; Carol of the Spokes.
The Movistar Team announced contract extensions with German Jasha Sütterlin and Spaniard Marc Soler, each for three years. Both had contracts that ran through 2017.
The 23-year-old Soler won the queen stage at the Route du Sud this year, and finished the race as best young rider and second overall, behind his team’s leader Nairo Quintana. He also finished second in the KOM competition there, and is expected to be a future Grand Tour contender for the team using his climbing skills.
24-year-old German Sütterlin is a strong time trialist who was second to Tony Martin at the German national championship this year. He also finished sixth at the UCI World Championship time trial.
The team said it uses his strong engine on the front for the long kilometres into the wind, and he will again target time trial stages.