The Dutch cycling team Belkin plan to have another successful season as they aim for success in the Tour de France, Tour of California and Cobbled Classics.

Belkin won a total of 39 races in 2013 and rode well in the Tour de France with Bauke Mollema and Laurens Ten Dam finishing in the top 20 places at the end of the race. Mollema finished in sixth position overall and Ten Dam finished 13th.

The team will be looking to improve on this in 2014's race as they attempt to go for the yellow jersey.

The Dutch team also had wins in 2013 for Tom-Jelte Slagter, who won the Tour Down Under, and stage wins for Bauke Mollema in the Tour de Suisse and the Vuelta a Espana.

Lars Boom and Sep Vanmarcke are set to lead the team in the Cobbled Classics.

Team manager Richard Plugge thinks the team will grow under the backing of Belkin.

Speaking at a Belkin launch party, he said: "2013 it was a year of mixed emotions. In the early season, without a sponsor, we were down more or less in the gutter, but then Belkin came along in the summer and we were flying high.

"It was a breakthrough moment. We presented a sponsor from outside the sport and the bright lights of that good moment gave us momentum for the Tour de France.

"We had a lot of highlights during the season; we had good team energy, got good results with 39 wins and we created a platform for growth, as a team and as a company.

"We will focus on the WorldTour [in 2014], it's the most important; we'll focus the Spring Classics with Lars (Boom) and Sep (Vanmarcke). Bauke (Mollema), Robert (Gesink), Wilco (Kelderman) and Laurens (Ten Dam) will be the team leaders for the Grand Tours and the hilly Classics.

"We also want to show ourselves at the Tour of California too. It's the backyard of (Belkin owner) Chet Pipkin and is where Belkin is based.

"We want to inspire people in the Tour de France but also in other races. We want to bring cycling back to the hearts and minds of people and I promise we will do that with Team Belkin in 2014."

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