Rabobank sprinter Theo Bos has signed a two-year contract with the Cervélo TestTeam.
The 26-year-old Dutchman and the team made the announcement at the world road championships in Mendrisio, Switzerland.
Bos originally made his mark as a track racer, earning five world titles and a silver medal in the matched sprint at the 2004 Olympics in Athens. Bos made the move to road racing in 2009, winning several events including the Ronde van Noord-Holland and the Omloop der Kempen.
Bos’ 2009 season, however, was best known for the controversy that was triggered when he caused a crash involving race leader Daryl Impey (Barloword) at April’s Presidential Tour of Turkey.
While aerial footage of the crash appears to show Bos grabbing Impey’s jersey and pushing the South African into a race barrier, Bos said the crash was an accident and that he only grabbed for the jersey as he himself was losing control of his bike.
A release issued by Cervélo makes no mention of the April controversy and it is not known whether the ensuing scandal affected Bos’ relationship with Rabobank.
“Theo Bos is an interesting rider and an important person for our team,” said Cervélo manager Thomas Campana. “We will help Theo take his award-winning track process and hone those skills for the road. Our goal was to find another sprinter and in Theo we have found the right rider. As we’ve gotten to know Theo we’ve realized that the mentality of the team and Theo’s are very closely aligned. He likes the way we think and where we want to go.”
“Cervelo TestTeam has proven to be a successful team and with riders like Carlos Sastre, Thor Hushovd and Heinrich Haussler they have also developed a strong base,” said Bos. “I am looking forward to learning something from Thor Hushovd and sports director Jean-Paul van Poppel. I was really impressed with this team’s set-up when I visited their base in Switzerland.
“It is great, for me, that a team like Cervélo has the faith in me and wants to invest in. And it is now up to me to make it happen and to improve myself, step by step.”