VeloClub is CyclingTips’ membership program which brings us closer to our members, and connects likeminded cycling enthusiasts.
by Mark Zalewski
December 7, 2016
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Marianne Vos to return to cyclocross this month; Paralympian Michael Gallagher opens up about his EPO doping: ‘It’s a good thing I got caught’; Future of TJ Sport team uncertain; Doctor presents controversial article on dehydration and climbing power; Niels Albert on van Aert form and a Nys comeback; Tom Van Asbroeck to Cannondale-Drapac; Jason Lowndes signs for Cycling Academy Team; More speculation about 2017 Vuelta route; Louis Vuitton buys Pinarello; JLT–Condor unveils 2017 kit; State of Matter MAAP Racing to fold; Italy’s Strava king, son of doping doctor, trying to turn pro at 38; Cyclist killed by truck ruled accidental due to use of headphones; Jens Keukeleire unique off-season training; Beach racing in Belgium.
Tom Van Asbroeck will follow teammate Sep Vanmarcke, leaving LottoNL-Jumbo for Cannondale-Drapac to bolster the team’s Classics’ squad in 2017.
Tom Van Asbroeck (left) supporting Sep Vanmarcke at Paris-Roubaix,
“A big reason for me to join Cannondale-Drapac was Sep of course. He asked me to join him and really wanted me there on the team, and he’s a really, really good friend,” Van Asbroeck said. “That was one of the big reasons why I wanted to join the team. Plus, I think it’s a really nice team. Everything looks cool, the kits and bikes are really nice. Everything fits my picture of professionalism. Sep was really enthusiastic for me to come, and it’s always nice if someone wants you with him on the team. I know what I can do for Sep and what he can do for me in the sprints. We make a really good team, so that was a big part of my decision.”
Team boss Jonathan Vaughters had recently mentioned the 26-year-old Belgian during a podcast interview as a rider to support Vanmarcke, before officially announcing the signing. “[Vanmarcke] is a nervous character. The weight of Belgium is on his shoulders. The idea is if I put him next to a couple of guys who he can play off … Dylan Van Baarle and experienced guys like Sebastian Langeveld and Tom Van Asbroeck …
“Vanmarcke is probably the fastest rider on the cobbles, flat out. He’s really come into his own since his previous time with us, and he’ll have a spirited team around him.”
Van Asbroeck rode for two years with LottoNL-Jumbo and previously for three years for Topsport-Vlaanderen. Last season he won a stage in the Tour du Poitou Charentes.