“On several occasions, Nick (Nuyens) has demonstrated his abilities in the spring classics and he will be a good fit for the team when we take on the cobblestone races in Belgium and France next spring,” said team owner Bjarne Riis. ”With a solid and loyal team behind him, he is a dark horse in terms of reaching the top spot on the podium during the classics where he will be our leader.”
Riis is in the process of rebuilding his squad ahead of the departures of several key riders at the end of the year. Andy and Frank Schleck will leave to front a new, Luxembourg-backed team while Australian Stuart O’Grady, classics specialist Fabian Cancellara and Danish ace Matti Breschel are among those also leaving.
Nuyens has raced with Quick Step and Cofidis but has been racing for Rabobank since 2009, when he recorded one victory, the Grand Prix de Wallonie. In 2008 the 30-year-old finished runner-up in the Tour of Flanders while racing for Cofidis.