Tomasz Marczynski extends with Lotto Soudal
Sep 27 2017 02:39 pm CET

Tomasz Marczynski extends with Lotto Soudal
Tomasz Marczynski extends with Lotto Soudal
Photo of Tomasz Marczynski by Lotto Soudal

Polish rider Tomasz Marczynski will spend another three seasons at his current team Lotto Soudal, the WorldTour formation confirmed on Wednesday.

Marczynski joined Lotto Soudal at the start of 2016 and struggled with health issues in his first season, but fought back in the second year and ended up taking two impressive stage wins in the Vuelta a España.

"The team has always kept its confidence in me, even with my health issues last year," the Pole explained. "Now they prove their belief in me again with this contract extension. I really wanted to stay in this team, because it feels like one big family. I also like to create a good atmosphere myself. During the race I always motivate everyone and when we’re in the hotel I make sure we all have a laugh. Everyone in the team appreciates that.

"I am lucky to ride in a team where I feel so good and where I can be myself, that’s why I’m so happy to extend my contract by three years. That security takes away the stress, the next years I only have to focus on my job."

The two stage victories in the recent Vuelta were an opportunity for the rider to repay the trust the team had put in him during more difficult times.

"I am happy that I could give two Vuelta stage wins to the team this season," he said. "That way I could thank the team for the support they offered me last year. I had to rebuild my condition again from zero and I got the necessary time for it, without any pressure.

"I love my job as a gregario, but I also like the fact that I can have a go of my own on certain occasions. I will fully commit to my tasks the next years and I will try to grab my own chances when it’s possible."



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