Three more years for Wout Poels at Team Sky
Sep 30 2016 07:32 pm CET

Three more years for Wout Poels at Team Sky
Three more years for Wout Poels at Team Sky
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WOUT POELS
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Dutchman Wout Poels has signed a three-year contract extension with Team Sky.

After a successful season in which Poels was of vital importance to Chris Froome's third Tour de France victory, won the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana in Spain and earned his first victory in a monument at Liege-Bastogne-Liege, Sky and the rider have decided to continue their collaboration.

"I'm really happy", stated Poels in an interview with TeamSky.com. "The deal is also for three years so it shows that the team have confidence in me and I'm confident in the team. That's really nice. For me it wasn't a difficult decision to stay. I've really enjoyed the last two years.

"I think I've made a few steps again from the start of last year, and also this year with my win at Liege. I think I've moved on as a rider and I'm hoping to make some more steps again. The last ones are always the hardest ones - but I think I'm at an age where my strongest years are coming. So it's really nice to also be in the strongest team in the world."

Looking back on his 2016 season, Poels said that his Liege-Bastogne-Liege victory was the highlight of his career so far but added that he is proud to have formed part of Froome's third Tour de France win.

"There are so many great riders on this team, so it was a big goal just to go and then to do a really good job over there. This year was the same again. It's really nice to work with Chris. It's really special that he's been able to win it three times, and to have been part of two of those is really nice. For me personally it was a really nice experience and I hope we can do it again in the future."

In that future, the Dutchman has the objective of fighting for the General Classification in a Grand Tour and to continue getting victories. "You always have to be ambitious and I still want to improve as a rider. It would be really nice one day to have my chance at one of the Grand Tours - like at the Giro or the Vuelta.

"That's really a goal for me to do that, so I hope I get the chance and I can take it. But beyond that I just want to win races, and to win more races than this year. I'd like to get more nice GC results and to continue making more steps forward."
Photo of Wout Poels (cropped) by Team Sky





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