Lotto-Soudal secures Tiesj Benoot until 2019
Dec 15 2016 01:24 am CET

Lotto-Soudal secures Tiesj Benoot until 2019
Lotto-Soudal secures Tiesj Benoot until 2019
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TIESJ BENOOT
LOTTO SOUDAL

Belgian WorldTour team Lotto-Soudal has announced the contract extension of 22-year-old Tiesj Benoot until the end of 2019.

Benoot joined Lotto-Soudal in 2015 and impressed with a fifth place in his maiden Tour of Flanders. In 2016, he won the Young rider classification of the Volta ao Algarve and finished fifth in the overall classification of the Tour de Pologne.

"My first season as a pro went well, with my fifth place at the Ronde van Vlaanderen as a highlight," the man from Ghent said in a press statement.

"The Ronde is a race that appeals to everybody, so everyone remembers that performance. This year, I also set some good results: I got third at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, eighth at Strade Bianche and seventh at E3 Harelbeke where I finished in a group that sprinted for the third place.

"Afterwards, I crashed in the Ronde where I wanted to set another good result. The crash was the start of a hard time for me. Now I look back on it, I realize it had a positive twist to it as well. That period taught me a lot mentally and it’s good to go through something like that at a young age. It has made me stronger. The past season I actually learned more than last year."

The talented rider explained his decision to extend by saying that the team gives him "excellent guidance".

"All factors are present to let me grow at the right pace and to aim for the best possible results."

Sports manager Marc Sergeant believes that the new deal confirms the team's stability. "The long-term agreement we have with our main sponsors enables us to focus on the future of our team. The confidence the sponsors have in this team, makes it possible to extend the contract of Tiesj Benoot until the end of 2019. It pleases us that Tiesj finds this team the best to further develop himself."
Photo of Tiesj Benoot (cropped) by Lotto-Soudal





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