Soet has experienced significant development during her first year with the women’s team. “Last year I got the space and freedom to develop myself. Also on a personal level off the bike. That has been very valuable for me. The basis and the feeling are much better now. I can build on this next year and hopefully I can show some great things on the bike again.”
Former rower Kraak completely changed course last year and made the switch to cycling halfway through the season. The 27-year-old rider is looking forward to another year in the yellow-and-black jersey. “I have experienced the past six months as very pleasant. I did not have an idea beforehand of how it would go. I was already thrilled to start in many beautiful races, such as the Tour of Norway and the Vuelta. I am looking forward to developing further next year. Hopefully I can then contribute even more to the team performance.”
Team manager Esra Tromp is happy that these two riders are staying on board for longer. “Both riders have made a good development in different areas last year. In the coming year we will continue to build on this. Amber has already gained a lot of valuable experiences during her journey of discovery. In addition, she is still very curious and eager to learn, which fits well within the team’s philosophy. Amber is a powerful and tough rider. I am convinced that we will see her in the finals next year. Aafke put in a good performance last season. She has no lack of willpower and talent. We will continue to take steps together to achieve great results.”
Pernille Mathiesen and Julie Van de Velde have gone looking for another team. Nancy van der Burg ended her professional cycling career after an honourable last season.