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Van Goolen heads to Silence-Lotto

Jurgen Van Goolen (CSC-Saxo Bank)

Jurgen Van Goolen (CSC-Saxo Bank) (Image credit: Sirotti)

Belgian Jurgen Van Goolen will leave the Saxo Bank team at the end of the year and switch to the colours of his home country's Silence-Lotto squad, the team announced Saturday.

Van Goolen has been with the formation of Bjarne Riis for two years, having gone over to the team after the dissolution of his Discovery Channel team in 2007.

He expressed dissatisfaction with his current team after being left off the squad for the Vuelta a Espana.

Van Goolen is an all-around rider and solid mountain domestique, having taken second in the mountains classification at the Vuelta in 2007.  He turned pro in 2002 with the Domo-Farm Frites team and spent three seasons with Quick Step before moving to Discovery.