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by Shane Stokes
August 5, 2017
In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Poels wins final stage of Tour of Poland, Teuns takes overall victory; Barbero sprints to victory on stage 4 of Vuelta a Burgos; Wiebes and Gazzoli become junior European champions, Matthiessen completes U23 double; Hansen not selected for Vuelta a España, Grand Tour record streak ends at 18; Adam Hansen’s fear of flying; Gaviria and Richeze continue with Quick-Step Floors; Roelandts moves to BMC Racing Team to help Van Avermaet; Jongewaard favourite for Australian men’s cyclocross title, women’s race wide open; Jones inks contract with Delko – Marseille Provence – KTM team; Video: Team Sunweb’s Chad Haga shows off piano skills; Video: Copenhagen shows way to safe cycling; Video: Brian Cookson at the Tour of Poland; Video: Katie Compton helps out with Trek phone support, with mixed results; Video: European championship competitor brought down by spectator
Former Belgian national champion Jurgen Roelandts and the BMC Racing Team have finalised a contract which will see him move to the American WorldTour squad in 2018 and back Olympic champion Greg Van Avermaet. The 32-year-old has been with the Lotto-Soudal team since the start of 2008. During his career he has finished on the podium in multiple Classics, including Milan-San Remo, Ronde van Vlaanderen and E3 Harelbeke. He thanked his current team on Friday and said that he was ready for a move.
“I had the feeling I was looking for something new. I was already interested in BMC Racing Team because I want to keep improving my time trial skills and the focus BMC Racing Team has on the spring Classics was really appealing. The team operates on the highest level in both disciplines so I was really pleased when they showed interest.
“In the past I’ve shown that I’m a rider who can adapt quickly and handle different types of parcours. It will be the first time in my career that I will ride for a different team, so I hope I can integrate well and contribute to the successes of the team.
“A big objective for me every year is the Spring Classics so I want to help the team achieve their goals there and support Greg Van Avermaet, who has shown he can win these races. If I have the chance to go for a win myself, it would be a dream and career goal. I also like to do team time trials so I hope I can perform well in this discipline too.”
On Thursday he went under the knife at the AZ Herentals clinic in Belgium on Thursday. He received treatment for what his team described as impingement. He had some cartilage removed and with a long recuperation time ahead, he is not expected to race again this season.