Short news roundup: Wilco Kelderman, Movistar, James Knox
Jul 23 2019 05:52 am CET

Short news roundup: Wilco Kelderman, Movistar, James Knox
Short news roundup: Wilco Kelderman, Movistar, James Knox
Photo by ASO/Karenn EDWARDS

The short news of the day includes another abandon at the Tour de France and contract extensions in Spanish and Belgian teams.

Wilco Kelderman steps out of Tour de France after 15th stage

The Dutchman has taken the decision of withdrawing from the race after feeling back pain and stiffness. "Coming back from injury (neck fracture, Catalunya) has proved demanding on Wilco’s body and the intensity of it shouldn't be underestimated," explained Team Sunweb physician Anko Boelens. "Rather than push it and search for the limit, it’s best for Wilco to head home to recover and have further treatment so he can look to the next part of the season."

"It’s super disappointed to leave the race like this, especially with some good stages in the mountains coming up," added Kelderman. "Sometimes the body doesn’t react completely as you want it to after a difficult period with injury. I’ll head home now to take time to recover and set new goals."

Movistar announces renewal of seven riders

In the second rest day of the Tour de France, the Spanish team announced that two of its riders that are currently in the race have extended their contracts for two more years: Andrey Amador and Nelson Oliveira. Them along Jose Joaquin Rojas, Antonio Pedrero, Hector Carretero, Lluis Mas and Jorge Arcas got a new contract for 2021.

James Knox reaches agreement with Deceuninck-Quick-Step until 2021

The 23-year-old climber will stay at the formation at least for two more years and this current season has shown impressive results at the UAE Tour -8th place- and the Tour de Romandie -14th position- that earned him a spot in his first Grand Tour: the Giro d'Italia, from which he had to withdraw due to a knee injury.

"I'm so chuffed to be resigning for two more years with Deceuninck – Quick-Step and it's also a bit of a relief to know Patrick and the team are happy with what I've done so far!" he explained. "It was a dream come true when I joined the team in 2018 and honestly, it's been even better than expected. What the team has achieved whilst I've been here has been truly staggering and to be a small part of some of those victories is more than I could have ever imagined."




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