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Bobbie Traksel (Vacansoleil)
Dutch rider finds team after Pegasus debacle
Bobbie Traksel will ride for Landbouwkrediet this year. The Dutch rider announced the news on his Twitter account Monday afternoon, saying, “I have just signed a contract with team Landbouwkrediet. I'm a happy many and full of motivation.”
Traksel rode in 2010 for Vacansoleil, and had signed with the Pegasus Sports for this year. However, the team failed to get a ProTeam or Professional Continental licence from the International Cycling Union, freeing the riders to look elsewhere.
He had been rumoured to be in touch with Veranda Willems-Accent, but talks with the Continental-ranked Belgian team did not work out. Last week Traksel said that he still had “another option” of staying with Pegasus as a Continental team.
Traksel, 29, turned pro with Rabobank in 2000, and remained with the team for five years. He then rode for MrBookmaker, Unibet.com, Palman-Collstrop and in his career he has won the U23 Ronde van Vlaanderen, Veenendaal-Veenendaal, and the overall title in the Three Days of West Flanders. His most recent success was Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne this season, where he won as one of only 26 finishers in very bad weather.