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Bennett and Tolhoek extend contract at Team LottoNL-Jumbo

Team LottoNL-Jumbo announces that George Bennett and Antwan Tolhoek will be part of the Dutch World Tour squad for the upcoming seasons as well. Bennett (28) has signed for another three years and Tolhoek (24) for another two years. 

 “The team has faith in me”, Tolhoek says. “I have been working with my trainer Grischa Niermann for four years now. Our cooperation is going well and he’s important for me. As a team, we are evolving and I am too. I’m perfectly happy here and I’m showing that on the bike. I like the the staff and my teammates. That’s important too.”

Tolhoek is currently riding the Tour, after he missed the Giro due to a knee injury. “You see, there’s always sunshine after the rain”, he says. Richard Plugge, general manager of Team LottoNL-Jumbo, concurs with his youngster. “Antwan is currently showing that it was the right decision to extend his contract. We recognised his potential early on. He’s an exceptional rider and he’s a fast learner. We wanted to extend his contract to ensure that Antwan will be riding for us in the future as well. It’s part of our development plan.”

Bennett joined the team in 2015 and will stay for at least another three years. This season, he ended eighth in the Tour of Italy, after having won the Tour of California last year. With Team LottoNL-Jumbo, Bennett will continue to focus on his development in the grand tours. 

"I've come a long way as a cyclist since joining Team Lotto-Jumbo. It's been a result of a lot of hard work from the staff and riders. The whole team has put a lot of faith in my abilities and we share the same vision for the future. I'm excited about taking the next steps with the team and seeing how far I can go as a GC rider in the world's biggest races. I feel at home here and feel that I'm in the best place to get the most out of myself."

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