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by Mark Zalewski
December 14, 2016
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Richie Porte’s road to the 2017 Tour de France: ‘It’s probably the most important year of my career’; Colnago helps find sponsors to keep TJ Sport team alive; Jan Bakelants critical of WorldTour reforms; Tom Meeusen changes training after tests; Gert Dockx retires at 28; Amateur cyclist, doctor receives four-year anti-doping sanction; Quick-Step Floors shows off new kit; BORA–hansgrohe unveils a new team kit for its WorldTour ascension; Astana presents team, names Aru leader; Team Crelan Willems Verandas shows new kit design; Study recommends cities use ‘Idaho Stop’ to better manage traffic; Man cycling Antarctic with custom quad fatbike; Strategy board game inspired by ‘Breaking Away’ race; ‘Jesus Bikes’ causing fuss around Melbourne; Massive flyover built for Belgian cyclocross championship course; Film calls out Berlin on cycling infrastructure.
The cyclocross-road hybrid Crelan Willems Verandas team of cyclocross World Champion Wout van Aert showed off its new kit design for 2017, for both the cyclocross and road season. The road team is managed by recently retired pro Nick Nuyens, while the ‘cross team is managed by Niels Albert.
Wout Van Aert and Nick Nuyens pictured during presentation of Team Crelan Willems Verandas.
“It was not easy to get this project off the ground, but it is pretty successful,” said Nuyens. “Eventually we put the puzzle together. We are unique in the cycling world. For the first time there is a ProContinental team both in cyclocross and on the road.”
“I am delighted to be part of this new team,” Van Aert said. “I continue with cyclocross, but can finish a nice road programme on this team. This preparation is for cyclocross. With this team I want to finish short stage races like the Tour of Belgium and Ster ZLM Toer, besides some one day races. Tour of Flanders or Paris-Roubaix is my dream, but that certainly will not be the case in 2017.
“If I ever race Flanders it will have to fit into my program. I want everything planned in advance, so I will continue for a while as a cyclocross rider. The aim is to be a stronger rider and that can come from a solid road programme.”
The road team will be anchored by Stijn Devolder and Timothy Dupont.
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