Lotto Soudal Ladies signs Belgian National Champion Jesse Vandenbulcke
Oct 12 2019 05:00 am CET

Lotto Soudal Ladies signs Belgian National Champion Jesse Vandenbulcke
Lotto Soudal Ladies signs Belgian National Champion Jesse Vandenbulcke
Photo Lotto Soudal Ladies © Mary Cárdenas / CyclingPub.com

Lotto Soudal Ladies has announced the signing of the Belgian National Champion Jesse Vandenbulcke for 2020.

The 23-year-old started her career at the Belgian formation, where she spent one season as a second-year novice, two years as junior and one as an elite rider. She then moved to the team currently known as Doltcini-Van Eyck for 2016 and 2019.

"There was a great atmosphere in the team back then, it even felt like a family," said Vandenbulcke. "Riders and staff had a great bond. When we see each other we often talk about that time. I always maintained good contact with the team and I am very happy to return to Lotto Soudal. I’m convinced that I will feel good at Lotto Soudal and will be surrounded with the best care."

"I quit cycling in 2016, in my second season as an elite rider. My back hurt too much. I couldn’t train without pain and also in my everyday life I had problems. But as time passed, it felt like I wasn’t ready with cycling quite yet. I hadn’t achieved my goals yet. People also often asked me if I would still race again. And so I decided to make a comeback. I am still very happy with that decision. I had never thought my comeback would go so smoothly though and that I would become Belgian champion this year. Up till now, I didn’t have any back problems, but I am alert. I have a good team around me that monitors me closely. They see to it that I sufficiently train my back muscles and that I have the right bike position and saddle."




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