|Laurens ten Dam joins Continuum Sports [21-09-18 12:58 by staff GoNBike.com]|
Laurens ten Dam to Bring Wealth of Experience to Continuum Sports
21 September, 2018, Santa Rosa, California (USA)
Laurens ten Dam is the latest rider to join the growing Continuum Sports roster in 2019, bringing a wealth of experience with 16 years as a professional to his name.
The 37-year-old will be the team's sole Dutch rider, adding to the long list of nationalities that contribute to the international composition of the team.
"Laurens ten Dam is one of the most experienced riders in the peloton so he will be an asset to the team when he joins in 2019, particularly as a mentor for the younger riders in the roster. Ten Dam has proved himself to be a valuable domestique at Grand Tours and stage races and it is this selflessness that is crucial to establishing a strong team dynamic. We are looking forward to welcoming Laurens in 2019," General Manager Jim Ochowicz said.
"Laurens has raced 17 Grand Tours, finishing in the top ten at the Tour de France and Vuelta a Espana, and has lined up at 15 Monuments throughout this career, so his experience at the biggest races in the WorldTour calendar will be invaluable. As well as supporting the team's leaders, Laurens will also have the chance to take his own opportunities throughout the season."
Ten Dam is excited to add a new chapter to his cycling career after spending the last three seasons with Team Sunweb.
"I wasn't necessarily looking to change teams but I'm not afraid to change, I've done it quite a few times in my career, and this was a good opportunity that presented itself. I really welcome the chance for a carte blanche, a clean slate, and to join Continuum Sports with some new goals and opportunities, as well as having some more freedom," ten Dam said.
"Although we haven't yet discussed my program, I really like racing in the United States so I hope to be able to race there next year and of course, line up at some of the Grand Tours. I want to get the best out of myself and help the team, especially with a leader like Greg Van Avermaet as I can help him in some of the hillier races. For now, the team doesn't have a clear General Classification rider but you never know how the team will develop in the coming seasons so I look forward to seeing the team grow and playing a part in this."
In keeping with team policy, no other details of the contract were released.
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