Thomas De Gendt to stay at Lotto Soudal until 2020
Jun 07 2018 03:20 am CET

Thomas De Gendt to stay at Lotto Soudal until 2020
Thomas De Gendt to stay at Lotto Soudal until 2020
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Thomas De Gendt has extended his contract with Lotto Soudal until 2020. The rider still had a contract until 2019 but the team decided to add another year.

The rider's palmares includes stage victories in races like the Giro d'Italia, the Tour de France, the Vuelta a España, the Criterium du Dauphine, Paris-Nice and the Tour de Romandie among others. The team is pleased with his work and the attention he has generated by being in breakaways.

"I still had a contract till the end of next year, but both the team and I were interested in extending the contract," said De Gendt. "That way, I don’t have to worry about getting a new contract at Lotto Soudal or at another team next year. Having the certainty till the end of 2020 gives me some peace of mind.

"I feel good within the team. Lotto Soudal gives me the freedom to race the way I want and they also encourage my style of racing. So, it really wasn’t a difficult decision to sign for an additional year. I wasn’t thinking of changing teams, the only thing I was worried about was whether adjusting my contract would be possible."

De Gendt aims to maintain his way of racing in the years to come. "For sure, I want to keep racing the way I did the last three years. That style of racing resulted in two victories in both 2016 and 2017. This year, I already won twice. I have always raced offensively and I gave the team a lot of screen time."

"I still want to maintain my current level of performance for at least five years, which can only be achieved through hard work. In the next few years, I still want to grant myself a few opportunities to go for some victories. If I could accomplish that goal, I would be very happy."
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THOMAS DE GENDT
LOTTO SOUDAL





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