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by Shane Stokes
January 16, 2018
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Having left Cannondale-Drapac last year during a period when the team’s future was in question, Dylan van Baarle has reflected on his move to Team Sky and why he believes he can flourish there. “I joined Team Sky because I think I can take the next step here. I also hope to be part of a Grand Tour team – that would be really cool.”
The Dutchman finished fourth in the 2017 Tour of Flanders and, at 25 years of age, is regarded as a rider with the potential to win the top one day races. He wants to pursue this angle. “My ambitions are in the Classics. That’s the one big goal for me, especially the Cobbled Classics like Flanders and Roubaix,” he said.
“To win Flanders or Roubaix you need to have some luck, especially in Roubaix. All the pieces of the puzzle need to come together on that day and if you have a bad day you won’t make the podium. You have to have a good day on the right day.”
Van Baarle showed his class when, in his first year of pro racing, he won the 2014 Tour of Britain. The following year he was third in the Dwars door Vlaanderen, then in 2016 he was sixth in the Tour of Flanders. Netting fourth in that race last year, eighth in the Dwars door Vlaanderen and ninth in the E3 Harelbeke compounded his interest in the one day events.
“The Classics mean a lot to me. Living in Holland, close to Belgium and watching those races created my love for it. I really hope I can be on the podium and I hope to be on the highest step.”