Team Sunweb have announced the extension of Laurens ten Dam’s contract for one additional year, until the end of 2018.

Experienced Grand Tour veteran Ten Dam joined Team Sunweb at the beginning of 2016 and has has been part of numerous successful campaigns including the team’s recent Giro d’Italia victory and the current Tour de France, where two stage wins have been achieved to date.

Talking about his contract extension, Ten Dam said: “I am really happy in the team and proud to be a player in the team’s successes. Initially the idea was to end my career after the current season, but since it’s going so well and I am still enjoying it so much we decided to postpone my retirement for another year.

“I’m pleased to stay with Team Sunweb as I’ve really enjoyed the Grand Tours with the team and especially to be part of our Giro and current Tour success. I hope that we can continue to build on these great results in the coming year.”

Team Sunweb coach Aike Visbeek said: “We’re happy to be able to trust on Laurens’ GC support and experience for another season. His experience has been crucial in stage racing and the depth of his knowledge is of great value for our young riders’ development. His enthusiasm and love for the sport makes him a great example for the whole team.”

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