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"We're trying to figure out what he'll do next year but he might not return to Europe and he may race with a team in the US for a year,"

Photo: LottoNL-Jumbo




15.08.2015 @ 18:33 Posted by Joseph Doherty

Laurens ten Dam has always been fond of U.S racing and the 34 year old Dutchman has offers from the U.S if he cant pen a new deal with current team LottoNL-Jumbo.


"We're going to review a couple of opportunities for him but with the accident it really changed a lot of his priorities. We're trying to figure out what he'll do next year but he might not return to Europe and he may race with a team in the US for a year," his agent Joao Correia told Cyclingnews.


"It's still early days in that process and the accident really changed things and we're evaluating what he wants to do. Racing in the US is something that he's always wanted to do. Our plan for the last year or two of his career was to go to the US and he's got this thing about wanting to travel. He'd like to do the major US races but also some like Redlands and Gila. We're looking at that right now."


Correia said that ten Dam’s current team hasn’t offered the rider an extension to his current contract yet. Correia acknowledged that he would need to take a pay cut at LottoNL-Jumbo, but he also needs to do that significantly to race in the U.S.


"Laurens, if he comes to the US, his salary expectations need to completely change. He needs to be in line with the market and this would be about a new challenge while he's also still motivated and creating something that hasn't been done before. He doesn't just want an easy ride, he wants to achieve some goals and keep things fresh.”


"He has an incredible following too. If you go to the LottoNL Jumbo team bus at the Tour of California, people are there for him. He has a lot of equity in the US. He could race the major races in the US and connect with American fans and then do the races in the states that nobody has ever heard of and help raise their profile."


An ideal programme for ten Dam was revealed by Correia, starting his season at early-season events in the US, such as the Tour of California and Redlands, before a tune-up in Europe at the Tour de Suisse with the aim of competing at the Tour de France. He could then return to the US and race out Utah, the US Pro Challenge and the rest of the national calendar in between.




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