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Nuyens to sign with Rabobank

Nick Nuyens (Cofidis)

Nick Nuyens (Cofidis) (Image credit: Brecht Decaluwé)

Belgian rider Nick Nuyens will leave Cofidis at the end of this season and join Rabobank, according to the Gazet van Antwerpen. Nuyens, who joined Cofidis in 2007 after four seasons at Quick Step, will sign a four-year contract with Rabobank as the team aims to bolster its squad for the Spring Classics.

"Nuyens will join us, but it is not yet confirmed on paper," said Rabobank manager Harold Knebel. "With him we want to build a strong team for the spring. He proved at Quick Step that he can win races."

Nuyens' two most notable victories have both come in on the opening weekend of the Belgian season. He won the Omloop Het Volk in 2005 and Kuurne-Bruxelles-Kuurne in 2006. Nuyens also took the 2005 Tour of Britain, including two stages, and stage three of the 2006 Tour de Suisse.

Nuyens' friend Kevin De Weert, who also moved from Quick Step to Cofidis in 2007, will not join Rabobank, Knebel said. Cofidis is not expected to comment on the transfer until after the Tour de France.

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