Lennard Hofstede has signed a two-year contract with Team LottoNL-Jumbo. Moreover, Daan Olivier has renewed his contract with the Dutch World Tour team. He inked a new deal which extends his stay at Team LottoNL-Jumbo for a year.
“Lennard is a young, promising Dutch rider”, Sportive Director Merijn Zeeman says about Hofstede, who’s currently riding for Team Sunweb. “We’re looking forward to develop his talent. He’ll get an important role in the support of our GC riders.”
“I’ve chosen for this team because Team LottoNL-Jumbo has grown into one of the best teams in the world. Also, at this team young riders are guided really well”, Hofstede explains his choice. “I’m happy they showed confidence in me despite the fact that up until now my season hasn’t gone as well as I had hoped. I hope I’ll be able to develop myself into an established rider in the grand tours to support the team’s leaders. Besides this, I want to ride for good results in smaller races.”
Daan Olivier crashed hard in the Tour Down Under. In May, he fell again, so the rider had to rehabilitate yet again. “Daan had a lot of setbacks this season”, Sportive Director Merijn Zeeman said. “We believe in Daan’s talent. We want to give him the time to keep growing and developing.”
Olivier is now on the right track. In the Tour of Utah, he’s the current leader in the mountain classification (photo). “After my good comeback in the peloton last year, I wanted to build on it for this season. Because of the two heavy crashes and health issues I was behind for several months”, the 25-year-old rider says. “The team stood by me through all of it. The support of the team and the good coaching are both part of me being on my way back.”