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by Shane Stokes
December 23, 2017
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The LottoNL-Jumbo squad has announced during its team presentation that 2017 Tour de France stage winners Dylan Groenewegen and Primoz Roglic have extended their contracts, and will remain on board until 2020.
Groenewegen showed his ability when he beat the Tour’s other sprinters to win the final stage on the Champs Elysees. The 24 year old Dutchman also won stages in the Ster ZLM Toer plus the Tours of Norway, Yorkshire, Britain and Guangxi. “It is logical that I renewed my contract,” he said. “I have a lot of confidence in the team and the team has a lot of confidence in me.”
Roglic is 28 years of age and beat riders such as Alberto Contador to win stage 17 of this year’s Tour de France. He also won the Volta ao Algarve, took second in the UCI world time trial championships plus the Ster ZLM Toer, was third overall in the Tour de Romandie and fourth in Tirreno-Adriatico. “We have a good plan for the future,” he said at the team presentation.
Meanwhile Steven Kruijswijk has confirmed that he will miss the Giro d’Italia for the first time since 2012. He was leading the race in 2016 but crashed on a snow-lined descent on stage 19, losing the Maglia Rosa, He finished fourth overall.
“We think that there is an opportunity to ride a good classification,” he said, speaking about the Tour. “I have competed in the Giro six or seven times. It is nice to focus on the Tour once again. During that race, there’s a lot coming at you, but I’m not new to the peloton. I can deal with it. As a team, we will go to the Tour for team successes and for this we have a very nice squad.”