Just before the Tour de France team presentation in Brussels, the Belgian Lotto-Soudal team had good news to announce at their press conference. Both sponsors, the Belgian national lottery and Soudal, have extended their contracts with the team for three more years. In addition, Soudal will increased its support to the level of Lotto.
In Belgian races, the team will line up as Lotto-Soudal, while in non-Belgium races, they riders will wear Soudal-Lotto jerseys.
The team is solely focused on stage wins in this edition of the Tour de France. Caleb Ewan is their top rider for the bunch sprints while Tim Wellens, Thomas De Gendt, Tiesj Benoot and Maxime Monfort aim for stage wins through the breakaway.
The team’s sports manager, Marc Sergeant, was delighted that the sponsors extended their support for three more years. “It’s a boost for the confidence to hear this news just ahead of the Tour,” Sergeant said.
“Our main objective will be to win some stages, and I’m talking plural here. The start in Brussels makes this edition special for us as a Belgian team. Having the Tour pay tribute to Eddy Merckx with this start makes it even more special.
“We’ve got full trust in Caleb Ewan that he can go for the victory. We have built part of the team around him, with Jasper De Buyst, Roger Kluge and Jens Keukeleire,” he said.
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