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Given that the WorldTour is the highest branch of the sport, pitching the biggest teams against each other in the biggest races, many young riders have the aspiration of being part of this level. Dutchman Wouter Wippert felt this way prior to the 2016 season when he moved to Cannondale-Drapac.
Two years later, he explains to CyclingTips why he is willingly moving down to Pro Continental level. He believes leaving the WorldTour and racing for Roompot – Nederlandse Loterij in 2018 is the best option for his career at this point in time.
Here’s an excerpt.
Frustrated by his early season, Wippert set about putting things right. Third on stage two of the Hammer Race in Limburg was followed by a close second in the Dutch national road race championships, fifth in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic and seventh on stage one of the Binckbank Tour. Second in the Veenendaal Veenendaal Classic continued the strong trend and reminded Cannondale-Drapac of his worth. However he had already decided to leave.
“I actually made my decision after nationals that I was going to move on,” he said. “After that, we started to look at other opportunities. Roompot – Nederlandse Loterij was the best one that came out.
“I had talked to a couple of other teams. Financially they were sometimes better but, purely looking at the opportunities I am going to get, this team was best. It is racing almost every race that is possible in Europe. That gives you the most opportunities and that was for me, for next year, the most important thing.”
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