We are at the beginning of a new cycling season. After an awesome roadtrip trough California with an old van and some well spent time with the family it’s time for a new season, with a new team. This year I moved over from the BMC Development team to AnPost Chainreaction. An Irish team with Sean Kelly as founder.
First of all, I’ve had some great years with BMC. It’s one of the best cycling development team of the world. I did races all over the planet, we had awesome dedicated staff & perfect material.
Up’s and downs are the two best words to describe my last season. In the first race of the season I broke my collarbone. It took me while to reach that level again and with Paris-Roubaix U23, my favourite race coming up. On that day, I was able to ride with the best guys over the cobbles. Unluckily the early break stayed away and I finished as 11th. My 3rd top 15 finish, included one podium, on a row. Later the year, I got infected by a bacterie in my elbow. The antibiotics that I received for treating my infection gave me unfortuneatly an allergic reaction. All by all the whole year was too incosistent to be fair.
Anyway, it is how it is and those setbacks also gave some new opportunities in life. After hard work of my managment/agent, we decided that AnPost Chainreaction would be a perfect fit for the next year. I went to a village near Brussel to meet the manager of AnPost. He told me his plans about the program and his new vision as team for 2017, changing to a development team. Especially the combination of riding the best U23 races as Paris Roubaix and next to that the big pro races like Tour of Great Britain seems awesome to me.
Right now, I am on the second camp with An Post. The first one has been already a succes. It’s only one month before racing starts again. I look forward to battle with and against my friends at BMC soon! For the people who are intrested, GP de Marseillaise & Ster de Besseges will problably be my first races in the green kit of AnPost Chainreaction.