Gisbers to start new Dutch team

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04.02.2008/ Former PDM team manager Jan Gisbers wants to start a new Dutch team. In 2009 the new team should be the third Dutch team and after the two years Gisbers wants the team to ride with a Pro - Tour license. Egon van Kessel, trainer of the Dutch National squad, is working as an adviser for the team.

According to Dutch daily newspaper 'Brabants Dagblad' the team wants to start in 2009 with a Pro-Continental license. Gisbers wants to sign twelve Dutch young guns for the team. Gisbers said: "The best talented riders will obviously become an offer from Rabobank. We might work with the riders which they didn't sign."
Gisbers want to have his new team ready in November. He claims that he already has a title sponsor but does not want to announce the name of his sponsor. Gisbers said: "Its a new company which is negotiating with several intrested parties."

Dutch National trainer Egon van Kessel works as an advisor for the new team. Van Kessel told Dutch based website "Dutch cycling really needs a third third pro team. Not enough talented riders get signed, although we do have a lot of talented riders. This year only two espoirs became pro in the Netherlands but for instance eight in Belgium. Although we really do have more talented riders.
With Rabobank and Skil-Shimano Dutch cycling is in a situation where there are not enough spots for young Dutch riders. van Kessel said: "Because Skil-Shimano has to sign a lot of foreign riders [sponsor Shimano demands that the team also signs Japanese riders, editor] there is room for a third Dutch team." Van Kessel continued by saying: "Dutch cycling is to much depending on Rabobank as a sponsor."
Van Kessel concluded by saying: "The audience can expect from a third Dutch team that it will mainly focus on riders who are strong at one day races. Riders who are strong at stage races are already signed by Rabobank."
In the eighties Jan Gisbers founded the legendary PDM team with riders like Raoul Alcala, Erik Breuking, Gert-Jan Theunisse and Steven Rooks. Gisbers also worked for Kwantum (Jan Raas) and Festina where he was sacked in 1993. The 67 year old continued to follow cycling but did not work in professional cycling since 1993.

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