Cycling | 20 juli 2017
Bouwman and Martens extend their contracts with Team LottoNL-Jumbo
Koen Bouwman and Paul Martens will defend the colours of Team LottoNL-Jumbo also in the next two years. Martens (33) debuted as a pro in 2006 and two years later he joined the team that now is called Lotto-Jumbo. Bouwman (23) joined Team LottoNL-Jumbo in 2015 as a trainee and started his professional career with the Dutch World Tour squad last year.
“Talent development and lead up young riders are key values within our sportive plans. It’s a logic step that Koen extends his time with us and I’m happy that he wanted it himself. In Critérium du Dauphiné he showed the best of himself by attacking and conquering a stage win”, says managing director of Team LottoNL-Jumbo Richard Plugge. “And Martens is a very valuable force in our team. He’s a rider who’s able to overview a race in an excellent way and he is very well capable to help our youngsters in their development.”
“I’m very glad”, Bouwman says. “I wanted to stay with the team, because I know that here I will improve as a rider. I’ll get my chances and beside that I’m looking forward to help our team leaders”, continues the winner of the polkadot jersey in this year's Dauphiné.
German Paul Martens is satisfied with the fact that he will start his thirteenth year in a Dutch squad. “The negotiations went smoothly and that shows respect. It’s good that my near future is secured and I’m looking forward to assist the younger riders with their next steps.”