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Ten Dam set to sign new contract with Belkin

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Cycling News
Published:
July 29, 2013, 14:14,
Updated:
July 29, 2013, 16:56
Edition:
First Edition Cycling News, Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Laurens ten Dam sporting Belkin's new kit

Laurens ten Dam sporting Belkin's new kit

  • Laurens ten Dam sporting Belkin's new kit
  • Laurens ten Dam (Belkin)
  • Bauke Mollema (Belkin) leads teammate Laurens ten Dam to the finish at Ax 3 Domaines

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Dutchman close to agreeing two-year deal

Fresh from a 13th-place finish at the Tour de France, Laurens ten Dam is set to sign on with Team Belkin for a further two seasons, ending speculation linking him with a move away from the Dutch squad.

De Telegraaf reported on Monday morning that ten Dam has agreed to a contract extension that will keep him at Belkin until the end of the 2015 season. Ten Dam has since confirmed that he is likely to stay with the team but that the contract has not yet been finalised and signed.

“It is going to happen. We still have a few final details to discuss,” ten Dam told nusport.nl. “We’re not rushing it but I don’t expect anything will go wrong.”

De Telegraaf reports that Astana had made firm overtures to ten Dam, and the 32-year-old was also linked with a possible move to Team Sky in recent weeks. Instead, ten Dam seems certain to remain in situ at Belkin, which he joined in 2008, when under the sponsorship of Rabobank.

8th overall at the Vuelta a España last season, ten Dam’s stock continued to rise with a series of strong showings during the opening two weeks of the Tour de France but he faded in the final week and eventually slipped out of the top ten. Ten Dam is slated to line up in this year’s Vuelta alongside Bauke Mollema, who finished 6th in the Tour.

 

 

 

gustienordic More than 1 year ago
Great to see Belkin resigning ten Dam! It would have been fun to see him at Astana though. He wouldn't get much of a free role there though.
Luke Morris More than 1 year ago
Just like Voigt, Ten Dam just knows how to hurt himself and just keep on going. Always epic seeing him giving 100% with drool everywhere as he churns his way up a mountain doing far better than, by rights, he probably should.
ridein More than 1 year ago
He can climb better than most, so why "doing far better than, by rights, he probably should" ?,,,, what rights does he have anyway?
DjangoFurioso More than 1 year ago
Like Ten Dam's work ethic, but damn. First time I saw that drool, I thought he'd just thrown up.
Lord.Bachus More than 1 year ago
If Gesink can finally catch up with the expectations and get his act together, team Belkin will be a topcontender next years Tour with Gesink, Ten Dam and Mollema. and riders like Kruiswijck and Kelderman supporting them... Its obvious there is no room nor need for new American riders next year... maybe they will bring in Poels if Vacansoleil does not get a sponsor soon.