Roger Kluge ride the next two seasons for Lotto-Soudal. The German comes in the wake of sprinter Caleb Ewan of the Australian Mitchelton-Scott.
The 32-year-old Kluge has an important pawn in the spurttrein of Caleb Ewan. Kluge himself is not too slow. This resulted in the past in a stage win in the Giro while he is also on the track all outstanding results together rode, including a world title in the Madison.
Kluge is pleased with his new employer. “I’m really looking forward to for Lotto Soudal to drive,” said the German. “I’m already several years in the profpeloton, but this is yet again a new chapter. In 2010 I signed my first big contract with a WorldTour team, so it will be my ninth season as a professional cyclist. It is very special to be for a Belgian team to ride with such a rich history. Lives In Belgium, cycling really and in the classics, there are always a lot of fans along the course. And of course I am very happy to be with Caleb in the same team to continue the races. At Lotto Soudal he will get new chances to show that he is one of the great sprinters of the peloton belongs and I want him there, especially in help to succeed!”
Kluge knows his role. “My main role in the team is, therefore, to Caleb in a good position for the sprint. Or that now as the last or second-to-last man in the sprints, I need him as well as possible to the front of sheds. I look back with a good feeling to the performance that he, and we, together, have achieved. I think of the many victories in the Tour Down Under, but also Milano-Sanremo this year. Although he did not win, what he called the fastest of the peloton, that just came too late for Nibali to catch up. I could well drop off at the foot of the Poggio and Caleb sprinted eventually to a second place. He showed there real talent. With Lotto Soudal, we get new chances for stage wins to fight in the big rounds.”