Wednesday happened to be a busy day for trades and signings as numerous supporting riders confirmed their teams for the coming season. Many re-upped existing contracts, but one significant transfer was Laurens Ten Dam, who transferred from LottoNL-Jumbo to Giant-Alpecin.
“I broke my back two weeks after the Tour de France, which made me step back and look at a few things differently,” said ten Dam, 34. “I wanted to do a good season in Europe and live in the U.S. At Team Giant-Alpecin, all this came together in a good way, and I will have those opportunities. I am looking forward to working in a challenging new environment and aim to play an important role for Warren Barguil and Tom Dumoulin and share my experience on the highest level.”
The Dutchman has finished top-10 in both the Tour de France and the Vuelta a España, so he’ll likely be a valuable resource for Giant’s up-and-coming GC contenders.
On the other side of things, Bert-Jan Lindeman — also from the Netherlands — re-upped with LottoNL-Jumbo. He won stage 7 of the Vuelta earlier this year. “I’m very pleased with my new contract,” Lindeman said. “I want to keep showing what I can achieve at the highest level of cycling, as I did this year in Spain and Italy.”
Just across the border in Belgium, Etixx-Quick-Step bolstered its lead-out train in anticipation of Marcel Kittel’s arrival, re-signing Max Richeze, 32, for two more years. “I’m honored to be at the service of a guy like Marcel Kittel, who everyone knows is among the top sprinters in the world,” said the Argentine. “I will do my best to put him in the best position as his lead-out man. I am also excited to help Fernando Gaviria, as he is a young and talented rider.”
Two final updates for Wednesday also come from Belgium — Lotto-Soudal will keep youngsters Sean De Bie, 24, and Stig Broeckx, 25, for the coming season.