Sunweb's Laurens Ten Dam postpones retirement
Jul 17 2017 03:13 pm CET

Sunweb's Laurens Ten Dam postpones retirement
Sunweb's Laurens Ten Dam postpones retirement
Photo of Laurens ten Dam by Team Sunweb

German Team Sunweb has extended the contact of veteran rider Laurens ten Dam for another season. As such, the Dutchman will postpone his retirement.

Van Dam originally planned to retire as a professional at the end of the season but his current shape allows him to keep going a bit longer.

"I am really happy in the team and proud to be a player in the team's successes," the 36-year-old said. "Initially the idea was to end my career after the current season, but since it’s going so well and I am still enjoying it so much we decided to postpone my retirement for another year.

"I'm pleased to stay with Team Sunweb as I've really enjoyed the Grand Tours with the team and especially to be part of our Giro and current Tour success. I hope that we can continue to build on these great results in the coming year."

Ten Dam is one of the most experienced riders in the current peloton, having turned professional in 2004. He spend a large part (eight seasons) of his career at Rabobank and finished ninth in the 2014 Tour de France and eighth in the 2012 Vuelta a España.

"We’re happy to be able to trust on Laurens’ GC support and experience for another season," said Sunweb coach Aike Visbeek. His experience has been crucial in stage racing and the depth of his knowledge is of great value for our young riders’ development. His enthusiasm and love for the sport makes him a great example for the whole team."
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