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Marathon skating team signs Bart Hoolwerf

Marathon skating team signs Bart Hoolwerf

Bart Hoolwerf has agreed to terms on a one-year deal with Team Jumbo-Visma. The 23-year-old marathon speed skater will replace Erik Jan Kooiman, who decided to retire at the age of 34.

Hoolwerf is a talented speed skater, who won the final classification of the KNSB Marathon Cup, a competition of fourteen races on artificial ice, during the 2019-2020 season. In 2018, he became national champion on the Weissensee. In January of last year, he won the second race of the KPN Grand Prix on that same lake in Austria.

"I am happy to sign with Team Jumbo-Visma," Hoolwerf said. "I am moving from a team that was purely focused on the marathon to an organization with all kinds of disciplines. I am looking forward to be working in a different environment than I was used to. I am convinced that this is the perfect step for me to keep improving myself."

"It is awesome that I will be part of a team with so many great speed skaters. In recent years, I have already shown some great things in the marathon. I have become one of the best sprinters of the peloton. I hope that I will be able to continue to improve myself at this team. I would also like to show what I am capable of in the Mass Start competition."

Coach Peter de Vries is happy with the signing of Hoolwerf. "Bart is a good speed skater with a lot of potential. I know him really well, since we have already worked together for three year in the past. He has a nice sprint and is able to perform well on natural ice as well. I think Bart is a great fit for our team, so I am looking forward to our new collaboration. We will do everything we can to get the most out of it."

Foto: Glenn Wassenbergh

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