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Belkin look to Kelderman for GC success in Denmark

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Wilco Kelderman will skip this year's Tour after finishing 17th at the Giro d'Italia

Wilco Kelderman will skip this year's Tour after finishing 17th at the Giro d'Italia
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Wilco Kelderman (Rabobank) in the white jersey

Wilco Kelderman (Rabobank) in the white jersey
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Stage 2 winner Theo Bos (Blanco) celebrates his victory

Stage 2 winner Theo Bos (Blanco) celebrates his victory
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No room for Tjallingii at this year's Tour de France

No room for Tjallingii at this year's Tour de France
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Moreno Hofland and Rick Flens

Moreno Hofland and Rick Flens
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Team Belkin is going into the 830km Tour of Denmark with two clear targets: stage wins with Theo Bos, and GC success with Wilco Kelderman.

Kelderman enjoyed a successful start to the year by winning the white jersey competition at the Tour of Romandie. He followed this with a strong Giro d'Italia where he finished 17th on the general classification and rounded out the white jersey competition in 3rd.

Bouyed by his good early season form the 22-year-old is targeting continued success this week.

"The condition is very good," Kelderman said. "I've been able to train a lot and my legs feel strong. Last year, I finished seventh and I hope to do a little better this year. A top five finish would be nice."

Kelderman will enjoy some team support for his GC aspirations, although it is clear Belkin have chosen a two-pronged approach as they chase stage wins with Theo Bos.

Michiel Elijzen has provided ample support for Bos as he attempts to topple Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma-Quick Step).

"In addition to Theo, we also have Brown, Van Emden, Flens and Hofland in the team. I think it's quite clear what we want. In the sprint stages, we'll take our responsibility."

Team Belkin for Tour of Denmark 2013: Theo Bos, Graeme Brown, Jos van Emden, Rick Flens, Marc Goos, Moreno Hofland, Wilco Kelderman and Maarten Tjallingii.