Wilco Kelderman joins Team Giant-Alpecin
Sep 06 2016 09:08 pm CET

Wilco Kelderman joins Team Giant-Alpecin
Wilco Kelderman joins Team Giant-Alpecin

Team Giant-Alpecin has officially announced the signing of Dutch General Classification rider Wilco Kelderman, currently riding for LottoNL-Jumbo.

"Team Giant-Alpecin is extremely proud to announce that Wilco Kelderman (NED) has signed a two-year contract with the team, boosting its overall classification power. Following Michael Matthews (AUS), Kelderman is recognized as the second big rider signing to its significantly strengthened roster for 2017 and beyond," the team said in a press statement.

Kelderman, 25, started his career at Rabobank Continental Team and was later promoted to the team's main squad. His victories include the Tour of Norway in 2011 and the Post Danmark Rundt in 2013.

The rider was unexpectedly promoted to team leader due to the absence of Robert Gesink in the recent Tour de France but crashed in one of the early stages and finished the Grand Tour in 32nd place.

"I am very pleased to join Team Giant-Alpecin, taking the next step in my career," the Dutchman said. "The team allows me to grow towards a role as a leader for the Grand Tours, using a gradual approach.

"They are successful with their philosophy, with an emphasis on science and technology, like the focus on being experts in time trial performance, for example. I can learn from the experience they have, as well as from guys like Tom [Dumoulin] and Michael [Matthews], who are from the same generation and having paved the road for me."

By signing Kelderman, Giant-Alpecin once again confirms its ambition for stage races after having focused mostly on sprints and classics in its earlier years.
Photo of Wilco Kelderman (cropped) by Lotto NL-Jumbo





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