Belgian talent Bjorg Lambrecht joins WorldTour at Lotto Soudal
Oct 16 2017 01:55 pm CET

Belgian talent Bjorg Lambrecht joins WorldTour at Lotto Soudal
Belgian talent Bjorg Lambrecht joins WorldTour at Lotto Soudal


Belgian Bjorg Lambrecht is making the change from Lotto Soudal's U23 team to its World Tour formation at the start of next season.

The 20-year-old from Ghent has managed to build up a rather impressive palmares in the junior and U23 categories. Top results include the overall victory at the Tour de l'Isard in 2016, where he also managed to win the Points, Young Rider and Mountains classifications.

In 2017, the Ghent-born rider won the Grand Prix Priessnitz spa as well as the Espoirs edition of Liège-Bastogne-Liège.

"This is a dream coming true," the rider said about his move. "At the beginning of this year, I had never thought that I could make the transition to the pro peloton in January 2018. Last winter I was out for eight weeks with a broken foot and I was only able to do some stabilization exercises to get ready for the new season.

"I thought my level of fitness would be far too low in the first races. I was supposed to come back to racing after Liège-Bastogne-Liège, but I could somehow start a bit earlier than expected. In Liège-Bastogne-Liège, I had a great day and I won the race.

"I went on and had a super great season. My performances in the Tour de l'Avenir in August led to the decision to make the transition to the professional peloton at the beginning of 2018. Many talented U23 riders have signed a pro contract for January 2018, and I would have had a lot of pressure on my shoulders. With the pros, I can start from scratch."
Image: Lotto-Soudal logo


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