Lotto Soudal achieved 25 victories last season, seven in the WorldTour, with peaks in the Strade Bianche with Tiesj Benoot, a ride in the Giro with Tim Wellens and a Vuelta stage, with Jelle Wallays. Furthermore, there were also two beautiful victories of Thomas De Gendt in the Tour of Catalunya and Romandie, and in addition, holds the East-flanders also the bergtruien in the Vuelta, Paris-Nice and Romandie.
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“We have a nice season behind, but no season”, commented sports manager Marc Sergeant on teamstage back, “the Tour was not good and then emerges quickly, the perception that the whole season is not good. In the Tour, there were too many extrasportieve things that weighed on the team. Yes, the situation around André Greipel was not ideal and there, suffering everyone. It would have been better if that situation was resolved for the Tour. Thus cause and then perform the riders. Also, don’t forget that we have a lot of bad luck in the past with the crashes of Tiesj Benoot and Jens Keukeleire. We are the Tour ended with four riders. That is not fun (Greipel and Vanendert gifts, red).”
“On the other hand, there were also very great victories with Benoot in the Strade Bianche, Wellens in the Brabant Arrow, to name a few. We participated in this spring, but agree, it may be in 2019 something more. The arrival of Caleb Ewan is a very good thing for the team. He is our asset to sprintzeges to hijack. For me he is one of the best five sprinters in the world and in the Tour we are going to help him to his initial victory to deal with it.”
“Our ambition is not so different in comparison with other years,” he concludes. “Sprintzeges, scoring in the classics, both in the Flemish and Walloon races, and our aanvalslust show in the large rounds. And yes, in the stage races of one week, such as Paris-Nice and Tirreno-Adriatico may Tim and Tiesj certainly their chance.”
The technical data sheet of Lotto Soudal for the season 2019:
Core: Sander Armée, Tiesj Benoot, Adam Blythe (GBr), Rasmus Byriel Iversen (Den), Victor Campenaerts, Jasper De Buyst And Thomas De Gendt, Stan Dewulf, Caleb Ewan (Aus), Frederik Frison, Carl-Frederik Hagen (Nor), Adam Hansen (Aus), Jens Keukeleire, Roger Kluge (Ger), Bjorg Lambrecht, Nikolas Maes, Tomasz Marczynski (Pol), Remy Mertz, Maxime Monfort, Lawrence Naesen, Tosh Van Der Sande, Brian Van Goethem (Ned), Jelle Vanendert, Harm Vanhoucke, Jelle Wallays, Tim Wellens, Enzo Wouters
In: australian Caleb Ewan, Adam Blythe, Roger Kluge, Carl Hagen, Brian Van Goethem, Stan Dewulf and Rasmus Byriel Iversen. From 1 July 2019 make also young people Brent Of Nut and Gerben Thijssen the switch.
From: André Greipel, Lars Bak, Jens Debusschere, James Shaw, Marcel Sieberg, Moreno Hofland