Harm Vanhoucke on July 1, the transition from the U23 to the profkern of Lotto Soudal. This confirms the Belgian WorldTourformatie Thursday.
The 21-year-old Vanhoucke may already have some credentials to present. He won in 2016, the beloftenversie of the Tour of Lombardy, and took stage wins in the Tour of Aosta and the Tour of the Savoie Mont-Blanc. The rider recovers currently of anemia but has since a few weeks, the training resumed.
“I’m already a few weeks back in training, but there is still a long way to go. But I’m greatly looking forward to soon be a pro to be, it really is a dream come true,” says Vanhoucke. “Especially the klimkoersen and the races in the high mountains are to me. The one day races fit bit in my profile, although I the promises, there are already some strong performances down. I will me in the first place, to concentrate on stage races of one week. I hope of course to ever get a match of that level to win. Later in my career, I would agree everything on a big round to see where I beach. But of course you need a lot of for specify. First, let’s see how far I get in stage races a week.”
“Vanhoucke is a climber pur sang, that proves his still young hall of fame already,” says Kurt Of the Wouwer, sporty person in charge of the U23 Lotto Soudal. “In the future, should the tougher stage races such as the Tour de Romandie, the Critérium du Dauphiné and the Tour of Catalunya him for sure. Not for a general classification, but he may take a few rides to highlight in which he can show. That is a logical first step before a good classification to pursue. That he also to his time trial work.”