Reigning junior cyclo-cross world champion, Boy van Poppel, will make the switch to the Rabobank Continental team led by Nico Verhoeven and Piet Kuijs. As of October 1, Van Poppel will join the cyclo-cross team for the upcoming season, and will ride full road programs in 2007 and 2008 as well.
Last season, the son of Jean-Paul van Poppel was a class of his own in cyclo-cross. On January 8, he defended his Dutch junior national champion title in Huijbergen, Netherlands, only to add the world championship in Zeddam to his list of honours twenty days later.
Also in road racing, Van Poppel is a splendid performer. In 2004, being a novice, Van Poppel won the Dutch national title in the individual time trial. This year, he became second both at the junior edition of the Tour of Flanders and the Dutch national road championship for juniors.