Gerben Thijssen and Brent Van Moer step up to WorldTour with Lotto Soudal in July
Dec 11 2018 01:29 am CET

Gerben Thijssen and Brent Van Moer step up to WorldTour with Lotto Soudal in July
Gerben Thijssen and Brent Van Moer step up to WorldTour with Lotto Soudal in July
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U23 riders Gerben Thijssen and Brent Van Moer will be stepping onto the WorldTour level with Lotto-Soudal on the first of July of 2019.

Both riders are 20 years old and currently ride for the U23 team of Lotto Soudal. Thijssen is the current Belgian U23 road champion and Van Moer claimed silver at the U23 World Time Trial Championships.

"We have chosen to let Brent and Gerben join the December training camp, so they can already get to know the riders and staff of the WorldTour team," said Kurt Van de Wouwer, head of the sports department of Lotto Soudal U23. That will make their integration in the team much easier next year. Of course, they get an adapted training schedule. Their season also starts about six weeks later than that of the pros, so that’s still far ahead.

"We decided to let them join the team halfway through the year to keep the pressure as low as possible. That’s something we already did in the past when for example Tim Wellens and Louis Vervaeke turned pro. In the spring there is always more pressure from outside the team, also on young riders. We want to give them the time to adapt."
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