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by Shane Stokes
August 16, 2017
In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Gesbert takes stage one of the Tour du Limousin; Landa signs two-year contract with Movistar Team; Van Baarle signs on for two more years with Cannondale-Drapac; Terpstra continues with QuickStep Floors, Leezer with LottoNL-Jumbo; Lappartient says UCI should set up a new top-level women’s stage race; Cycling world mourns death of 2004 Olympic champion Wooldridge; Threatened boycott of world team time trial championships appears to be over; Retired pro Iris Slappendel chases new land speed record; Bewley extends with Orica-Scott, says he wants to help squad achieve a major milestone; Preliminary order made against cyber-squatters in LeMond case; Greg Henderson ends pro cycling career; Meet the oldest female BMX racer in the US; Video: Phil Gaimon’s “Worst Retirement Ever,” Episode 7: Lookout Mountain
Former Paris-Roubaix winner Niki Terpstra has been a big part of the QuickStep Floors team for the past seven seasons and will continue to be a fixture in 2018. The 33-year-old Dutchman confirmed Tuesday that he was continuing with the team and wanted to aim high.
“This year was not the luckiest for me, so I am really eager to make up for this and get good results again,” he said. “My main focus is on the Classics in the first months of the year and the small stage races, I really want to be there in the mix and fight for victories. Until then, I want to give it my all in this final part of the season and get some nice results. Having secured the contract for next year gives me a lot of motivation and allows me to focus 100% on the now.”
Aside from his Roubaix win, his past results include two wins in the Dwars door Vlaanderen, the overall classification at the BinckBank Tour and the Tour de Wallonie, as well as third in the Tour of Flanders. “We are delighted to have Niki extend his contract with Quick-Step Floors,” said team manager Patrick Lefevere. “He’s been with us for seven years now, a period in which he carved out several spectacular successes, which we are confident he can replicate next year.”
Meanwhile compatriot Tom Leezer has extended his own stay with the LottoNL-Jumbo team, signing a two year deal. “The offer I got shows a lot of respect,” he said. “One and a half year ago we have started the sprint train project and I’m glad to be part of it.
“Although we are ahead of schedule with Dylan Groenenwegen’s win at the Champs-Elysées, I’m looking forward to the next steps. My cooperation with Dylan is outstanding. We are different characters, but our understanding in the race is anyway excellent.”