Victor Campenaerts to join Lotto Soudal
Sep 18 2017 10:48 pm CET

Victor Campenaerts to join Lotto Soudal

Belgian rider Victor Campenaerts is set to continue his career at Lotto Soudal after spending two years at Dutch formation LottoNL-Jumbo.

The 25-year-old is a time trial specialist and won the European Time Trial title in Denmark earlier this year. He also won a time trial at the Vuelta Andalucia and finished second at the Belgian Time Trial Championship, which he had won the previous year.

"My contract with LottoNL–Jumbo ends this season and when Lotto Soudal showed its interest in me, I didn’t hesitate long," the 25-year-old said. "I am glad to race again for a Belgian team, although I am very grateful to LottoNL–Jumbo.

"At Lotto Soudal I will see some familiar faces, like Tiesj Benoot with whom I rode in the U23 team at the time. When I joined the team in 2013, Kurt Van de Wouwer immediately set the goal that I should become pro the next year. It was only the third year that I raced, so that surprised me, but I did become pro in 2014.

"In the beginning of the 2013 season I crashed hard and fractured my collarbone and radius, which meant that I couldn’t ride on my road bike for a long time, I could only ride my time trial bike. Pretty soon after my comeback I won the U23 Belgian Time Trial Championships and European Time Trial Championships. I had known before that time trialling was one of my strong points, but those performances confirmed it. My time at Lotto Belisol was the perfect preparation for a pro career.

"Now I want to win time trials for Lotto Soudal as a pro and set results in overall classifications in stage races of one week like the BinckBank Tour, Belgium Tour and Tour of Britain, stage races where you can end high on GC if you ride a good time trial. And of course I aim for more time trial titles.

"I also hope to inspire the team in team time trials. With riders like Tiesj Benoot, Jasper De Buyst, Thomas De Gendt and Tim Wellens the team has high potential and I would like to share my knowledge with the team."

Lotto Soudal's sports manager Marc Sergeant believes that Campenaerts has what it takes to turn his time trial skills into victories in shorter stage races.

"Victor has made a lot of progress since he turned pro," he said. "The past years he invested a lot in time trialling and he can now benefit from all his work. Victor is also ready to win stage races of one week or less, in which a time trial has a big influence on GC, like the Tour of Britain where he finished fourth. Victor is very passionate. I am convinced he will be an asset to our team in a discipline for which we don’t have a top rider at the moment."
Image: Lotto-Soudal logo



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