Stan Dewulf and Gijs Van Hoecke ink deals with AG2R La Mondiale
Aug 05 2020 07:19 pm CET

Stan Dewulf and Gijs Van Hoecke ink deals with AG2R La Mondiale
Stan Dewulf and Gijs Van Hoecke ink deals with AG2R La Mondiale
AG2R La Mondiale © Jonathan Roorda / CyclingPub.com

Belgian riders Stan Dewulf and Gijs Van Hoecke are set to join AG2R La Mondiale from 2021 with a two-year contract.

Dewulf is 22 years old, became a professional at Lotto Soudal in 2019 and has in his palmares a victory in Paris-Roubaix Espoirs, two stage wins in Le Triptyque des Monts et Chateaux and top-five overall positions in races like Le Tour de Bretagne Cycliste, the Olympia's Tour and the Tour of South Bohemia.

The 28-year-old Van Hoecke stepped up to the WorldTour in 2017 with the team currently know as Jumbo-Visma and in 2019 he signed with CCC Team. The rider was the runner-up at the 2011 Paris-Tours Espoirs and has taken top-ten places in races like the Tour of Denmark, the Tour de Slovaquie and the Ster ZLM Toer GP Jan van Heeswijk.

"After five years with Lotto Soudal, I am ready to start a new stage in my career!" said Dewulf. "I still have to improve my French, but I am very enthusiastic! I quickly got hooked by the team's project and know I still have a lot to learn about the classics. I think my temperament is similar to Oliver's.

"I'm here to do the best I can but keep my feet on the ground. I won Paris-Roubaix in the U23 category and that is the race that continues to make me dream. I really want to shine there. You either worship the race, or you hate it. I fall into the first category."

"I know Oliver (Naesen) very well; we were almost neighbors at one time," added Van Hoecke. "We raced together as juniors but also at Topsport. I am very happy to join him and his brother Lawrence and bring my experience in the classics.

"AG2R La Mondiale is a team with a great and long history. And the arrival of a sponsor like Citroën next year is great news. I live on the Ronde Van Vlaanderen course, so that is the race that makes me dream. I don't think I could win it, but I would do anything to help one of the leaders win."




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