Young Belgian talents Florian Vermeersch and Viktor Verschaeve to step up to WT with Lotto Soudal
Dec 15 2019 10:46 pm CET

Young Belgian talents Florian Vermeersch and Viktor Verschaeve to step up to WT with Lotto Soudal
Young Belgian talents Florian Vermeersch and Viktor Verschaeve to step up to WT with Lotto Soudal
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Young Belgian riders Florian Vermeersch and Viktor Verschaeve are set to join the WorldTour with Lotto Soudal in 2020 and 2021, respectively.

The two U23 riders are currently part of the Lotto Soudal development team. Vermeersch will join the WorldTour formation on June 1 of 2020, while Verschaeve will do it on January 1 of 2021, and both have signed contracts until the end of 2022.

"This is a perfect way to join the WorldTour team," said Vermeersch. "I will still be able to show my champion's jersey in the first months of the season. On the other hand, I can prepare my step to the highest level in a non-rushed way. I am convinced that this will boost my development as a rider.

"Now, at our training camp in Mallorca, I ride together with champions like Philippe Gilbert, Caleb Ewan, John Degenkolb and Tim Wellens. I knew those guys only from tv. Now we live together. I learn already so many things from them. I had always dreamt of becoming a pro rider. A dream has come true."

Verschaeve is 21 and has already finished second in Liege-Bastogne-Liege U23 and has achieved top-10 spots in the Giro d'Italia U23 and the Ronde de l'Isard. "Yes, with just 60 kg, I am more a climber, let's say a puncher-climber", he explained.

"No search for a team, 2020 can and will be a year without stress, but a year with a lot of ambition. In Mallorca, together with the pro riders, I am impressed already every day. Everything is here so professional. Nutrition, the bikes, specific trainings, so many details. I cannot wait to start the season."
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