Cyclo-cross champion Sven Nys will be riding for the Landbouwkrediet-Tönissteiner team, starting January 1, 2009. According to the team, the Belgian has signed a three-year contract. Luc Versele, CEO of the company, said that "we have now the top cyclo-cross racer... We already did a step in the right direction with signing the young Rob Peeters; this paid off already in his first year as a professional, as he won the 'cross in St. Niklaas." .
Sven Nys' contract with Rabvobank, for which he had been racing since 1998, expires end of the year. The Belgian said that "for me the decisive factor was the whole package: A three-year contract with a Belgian team... And anyway, a bit of a 'fresh wind' can give some extra impulse to my career."
The 31 year-old has won five Belgian national cyclo-cross championships and two mountain biking championships, and was cyclo-cross world champion in the 2004-2005. Before changing teams, his big goal will be the Olympics in Beijing, where he will participate in the mountain biking events. He is already planning to focus on mountain bike races ijn the summer, as well making preparations to get acquainted to the climatic conditions in China.