Three belofterenners of Lotto Soudal from this month until the end of the season, part of the WorldTour team. Until the end of the year, Stan Dewulf, Gerben Thijssen and Brent Of Nut have a chance at the pros.
The 20-year-old Stan Dewulf won in previous seasons at the beloftenploeg of Lotto Soudal already quite a handsome performance. In 2017, he finished on the podium of the Tour de Bretagne, the Olympia’s Tour and the Belgian Championship on the road. In 2018, he gave his list of achievements is an extra shine in Paris-Roubaix U23 to win – the first Belgian in twenty years time.
Also sprintbom Gerben Thijssen may the coming months be acquainted with the ins and outs of the profpeloton. The 20-year-old belofterenner rushed in 2018 to the victory in Brussels-Zepperen and the Zuidkempense Arrow. That Thijssen is also an excellent pistier is, he proved, by at the age of 19 the European title in the afvallingsrace to conquer.
Brent Nut if last month as a first ever triumph in the GP Rik Van Looy. In his first season as a promise, he picked up immediately the silver medal at the belgian CHAMPIONSHIP time trial, and he was second in the general classification of the Tour of East-Flanders.
Sports director Kurt Van de Wouwer: “Stan Dewulf has a very strong year, driven: he won two stages in the Triptyque des Monts et Châteaux, the Paris-Roubaix for promises, two stages in the Tour de Bretagne,… . He is ready for the WorldTour team to learn. Stan is a typical rider for the Flemish classics – although he was also a beautiful performance delivered in liège-Bastogne-Liège. The kasseiklassiekers are written for him, but he can, so also from the feet in the heuvelklassiekers.”
“Gerben Thijssen is a typical sprinter. He is pistier of training and, since two years in our belofteteam. Last year, he has all nice things to show including a stage win in the Olympia’s Tour and also this year he has already had great victories achieved. Because Gerben sure someone is in the future WorldTour races to drive, it is now particularly important to gain experience at a higher level. For example, he can learn a great deal of André Greipel.”
“Brent Nut is a typical hardrijder: a rider who is good in the classics, although he is also a good Giro d’italia reed. He is not a veelwinnaar, but recently won the Grand prix Rik Van Looy and stranded on a beautiful second place in the Omloop het Nieuwsblad. It is the type of rider that on a very regular basis performs and that hard work in a WorldTour team.”
“All three riders are very motivated to be with the WordTour-team racing, to learn and to gain much experience.”