Lotto-Soudal signs Demi de Jong
Oct 29 2017 05:58 pm CET

Lotto-Soudal signs Demi de Jong
Lotto-Soudal signs Demi de Jong


Lotto-Soudal ladies has confirmed the signing of Demi de Jong. The Dutchwoman makes the move from Parkhotel Valkenburg, which she joined in 2017 after three years at Boels-Dolmans.

This year, the younger sister of Thalita de Jong won the youth classification of the Boels Rental Ladies Tour and finished third at the 7 Dorpenomloop Aalburg. She also took top 10 spots in races like Gooik-Geraardsbergen-Gooik, Dwars door de Westhook, the Thuringen Ladies Tour and the Ladies Tour of Norway.

"Liesbet De Vocht contacted me to join Lotto Soudal and she made me enthusiastic," said the rider. "I have chosen for a Belgian team, but because I only live at about five kilometres from the border I don’t consider going to Belgium going abroad.

"Lotto Soudal has a nice race programme and I hope to animate the finales in the spring together with Lotte Kopecky. I already know Lotte from when we were juniors; the past years we were opponents and now we can support each other."

De Jong is looking forward to riding and getting specific training with the Belgian team. "I love hilly races with cobbles and I don’t mind rain," she explained. "Ghent-Wevelgem is one of my favourite races. In 2012 I won bronze in the time trial at the World Championships for juniors, without any specific training. To set results in time trials as an elite you do need to train for it and that is something I want to work on in the future.

"When you want to set results in stage races it’s important to ride a decent time trial. But first I want to have a good winter and build up a good basic condition. In January I will probably ride some cyclo-crosses or beach races to be completely in shape for the spring because in the spring races I want to set good performances."
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