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Van Goolen to CSC

Jurgen Van Goolen (Discovery Channel) leads the mountain's classification

Jurgen Van Goolen (Discovery Channel) leads the mountain's classification (Image credit: Unipublic)

Jurgen Van Goolen is the next Discovery Channel rider to find a new home. He will ride for Team CSC for the next two years, as Sportwereld.be reported that he has an oral agreement with Bjarne Riis. "I will sign the contract next weekend," the 26 year-old Belgian said.

He finished the Vuelta a España in 31st position, 49'50" behind winner Denis Menchov, and also finished second behind Menchov in the mountain ranking. "Of course I am disappointed that I missed out on the mountain jersey at the final podium of the Vuelta. On Thursday I came in exactly 1000 metres too short on the Cat. 1 climb. Otherwise I would definitely have won the silver jersey. I have nothing to blame myself for. I used up my whole gas tank in the Vuelta."

"On the other hand, the world has gotten to know me here," he added. "A month ago I had absolutely no concrete proposal for a new contract."

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