The Belgian road racers have a new coach. Rik Verbrugghe follows Kevin De Weert, so you made the association just known. The Weert announced after the world cup to leave for Lotto-Soudal. Sven Vanthourenhout, coach in the field, is his right hand.
‘Rik Verbrugghe from 1 december 2018 to get started as a coach at Belgian Cycling. He takes the elite men and the beloftencategorie for his account. Veldritcoach Sven Vanthourenhout, assists him as an assistant at the U23’, says the message of the cycling federation.
The two will tomorrow be presented at a press conference.
The name of Verbrugghe did all the round in the top of the list of candidates. The brother-in-law of Greg Van Avermaet was only since this season, sporting manager at Bahrain-Merida. In that capacity, he tried last summer are still the Team to tie, then the vicissitudes of the survival of BMC emerged. Van Avermaet preferred, however, to remain with the successor of the team, CCC. Now the two still work together on a professional level. The two are also business partners, because they operate a bike shop.
If road cycling championships won Verbrugghe won the Walloon Arrow, and rides in the Giro and the Tour. After his active career, he was also already at work as directeur sportif for Quick Step, BMC and IAM Cycling.