Mauri Vansevenant ready to join Deceuninck-Quick-Step after finishing Bachelor degree
Jul 05 2020 09:52 pm CET

Mauri Vansevenant ready to join Deceuninck-Quick-Step after finishing Bachelor degree
Mauri Vansevenant ready to join Deceuninck-Quick-Step after finishing Bachelor degree
Deceuninck-Quick-Step

Mauri Vansevenant has announced that he will become a professional with Deceuninck-Quick-Step on July 15.

The 21-year-old will be at the Belgian team until at least the end of the 2023 season. The negotiations of his contract were arranged last year, where it was agreed that he would turn professional after finishing his Bachelor in Electromechanics.

"I wanted to finish school first", the Belgian rider explained. "It's not compatible with being a professional cyclist. I'm very happy to have my degree. For me it was a requirement. I'm comfortable now. It gives me certainty for the future. Sooner or later I'm going to need it.

Before joining the team officially, the son of former pro cyclist Wim Vansevenant had already met his new teammates in places like the Spanish winter training camp and at the Flemish Ardennes, when they did the recon of Gent-Wevelgem and the Tour of Flanders. "It was really fun, but I'm more of a climber than a classics rider", he said.

"Last year I won the Giro della Valle d'Aosta with my U23 team EFC-L&R-Vulsteke. Riding uphill really suits me, I like those tough mountain stages. But the future will show which role will suit me best. First, there are still a lot of things I have to learn.

"I have got a lot of watching, listening and learning to do in the coming weeks. I'll have to adjust to the level and the way of racing with the pros. I'm sure my teammates will help me. I feel good among the guys, there's a good vibe in the Wolfpack. There are many Belgian riders, which makes it easy for me to integrate. They really pull me into the group. It's a pleasure, a dream come true."

Deceuninck-Quick-Step's CEO Patrick Lefevere is delighthed with this signing. "Mauri did very well in the U23 category and showed his climbing skills multiple times," he commented. "I'm happy to have him join the team. He is still very young, so he will get the time to grow as a professional cyclist without any pressure. We don't expect anything of him in the short term, just to steal with his eyes and to learn from the more experienced riders. He will be asked to help the team where needed; and if the opportunity presents itself to show his qualities in a mountain stage, we're definitely not going to stop him.

"Aside from the more experienced riders like (Iljo) Keisse and (Dries) Devenyns, we have a very young team roster, with guys like (Joao) Almeida, (Andrea) Bagioli, (Remco) Evenepoel and now also Vansevenant. I hope to add a few youngsters to the team every year. This way we gradually rejuvenate the Wolfpack and prepare for the future."
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