Marcel Beima has signed with the Rabobank Continental Team for next year. The 23 year-old has been riding as a stagiaire for T-Mobile Team since August 1, but the German team did not offer him a contract for the coming season.
Beima said he knew from the start that T-Mobile would not offer him a contract. "They were completely honest and clear concerning that from the beginning," he said on his new team's website, rabobank.nl. "I am absolutely not disappointed, only grateful that I got the chance to take a look at what goes on in a big team."
He will not ride for the Rabobank ProTour team in 2008 but will serve for a year on the Continental team. "This is the next logical step in my career," said the young Netherlander. "At the Rabo Continental team I will have my own chances, I think. Plus it is a team with an impressive name and reputation. I want to be a part of that."