Pieter Vanspeybrouck and Jerome Baugnies extend contracts with Wanty-Groupe Gobert
Nov 20 2018 01:16 am CET

Pieter Vanspeybrouck and Jerome Baugnies extend contracts with Wanty-Groupe Gobert
Pieter Vanspeybrouck and Jerome Baugnies extend contracts with Wanty-Groupe Gobert
Wanty-Groupe Gobert

Belgian riders Pieter Vanspeybrouck and Jerome Baugnies have extended their contracts with Wanty-Groupe Gobert until the end of 2019 and 2020, respectively.

Vanspeybrouck has been at the Belgian team since the 2017 season and has a palmares that includes top-ten positions in races like the GP Stad Zottegem, the Brussels Cycling Classic, the Dutch Food Valley Classic and the Baloise Belgium Tour.

"Last season was full of ups and downs," said the rider. "Last year I began strong but a number of falls threw a spanner in the works. In Frankfurt and Norway I came back on track, but at the fourth stage of the Tour of Norway I fell and broke my collarbone. Then it went better again with some remarkable performances at the Tour of Germany.

"Still, I feel that I have not yet fully demonstrated my potential at Wanty-Groupe Gobert. Every time that I really got going, I had to deal with bad luck, so showing my true potential will be my main goal next season. I hope to shine again in the spring and Gent-Wevelgem is a competition that I like, where the course suits my profile well."

Baugnies will start his fifth season at the Belgian team and in 2018 he has taken victories at the GP Stad Zottegem, the Internationale Wielertrofee Oetingen and showed his good form in a long attack in Liege-Bastogne-Liege.

"I hope in 2019 to repeat the performances of last season," the Belgian said. "Normally my best period starts in the month of May, then I hope to peak again a few times, as it was last year at Liege-Bastogne-Liege. If I want to ride again the Flemish classics? I don't want to discuss that at the moment, but in my opinion, the riders who are in the best condition at the time deserve the selection.

"I just resumed my training on the road as I was on the operation table two weeks ago, the metal screws after my crash at the GP Wallonie 2017 were still in. They are now removed, I'm officially a steel-free man. The operation itself went well, but I have resumed training on the road later than in other years. That is not a problem in principle but I will continue going to the physiotherapist until the new year."



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