Former Dutch professional Jans Koerts will mark his return to the peloton this week for the first time since 2005. The 37 year-old will start at the Ster van Zwolle for the UCI European Continental team Time Van Hemert, under the direction of former Tour de France stage winner, Jeroen Blijlevens.
Koerts crashed heavily in the fourth stage of the Trofeo Joaquim Agostinho in Portugal in 2005, breaking both ankles, ribs, and fractured a femur. During his recovery, his contract with Cofidis was not extended. Koerts was under contract with Time-Van Hemert for the 2006 season as well, but did not race due to pain from his injuries.