Lotto Soudal have unveiled their new package for the 2022 season with the workforce bringing again the purple and white jersey much like their designs between 2014 and 2018.
The Belgian squad additionally introduced that Paris-Roubaix runner-up Florian Vermeersch has prolonged his contract with the workforce till the tip of the 2024 season.
After racing the 2020 and 2021 seasons with jerseys that includes giant black sections on the shoulders and arms, and in 2019 sporting a largely white jersey, the workforce will subsequent 12 months race in largely purple jerseys.
A white bar throughout the center of the jerseys provides house for title sponsors, Belgian nationwide lottery Lotto and sealant and adhesive producer Soudal.
Black rings on the sleeves exhibit Lotto’s on-line recreation Viking Lotto, whereas package producer Vermarc and fuelcard Caps additionally get an area on the entrance of the jersey. Conventional black shorts spherical off the workforce’s 2022 look.
Vermeersch’s contract extension sees the promising 22-year-old persist with the workforce by way of to the tip of the 2024 season. The Belgian solely turned professional this season, having raced for the Lotto Soudal U23 improvement workforce in 2020.
He achieved some notable outcomes by way of the primary half of the season, ending in 17 th because the workforce’s greatest performer on the E3 Saxo Financial institution Traditional, taking eighth on the Circuit de Wallonie, fifth within the time trial on the Belgian Nationwide Championships, and the mountain jersey on the Tour de Wallonie.
September introduced his Grand Tour debut on the Vuelta a España earlier than a 3rd place within the U23 time trial on the World Championships after which the defining results of his quick profession – second on the moist Paris-Roubaix behind Bahrain Victorious rider Sonny Colbrelli.
“This contract extension provides me plenty of confidence in the direction of the long run. We share the identical imaginative and prescient, and it’s good to be a part of an bold challenge by which plenty of kids can develop inside an expert surroundings,” Vermeersch stated in a workforce press launch.
“I strongly consider within the high quality and the construct of a Classics workforce that may play a task in a very powerful races. As a 22-year-old in a WorldTour workforce, you do not all the time get the possibility to instantly show your self. I am actually glad that I can uncover my major strengths at Lotto Soudal, the place I stepped up from the Growth workforce.
“Aside from the boldness, it additionally creates a type of household feeling. By way of the years, you actually bond with each the employees and riders, which was additionally an necessary issue in the direction of a chronic stick with the workforce.
“Subsequent 12 months, my focus won’t solely be on the Classics, I additionally need to enhance my time trial abilities. I believe these two may be completely mixed. And with a robust dash, I’ve a further weapon for the Classics. At the beginning, I hope to start out the Classics subsequent 12 months in good condition and I need to present myself within the finals.”
Vermeersch is one in every of 27 males confirmed on Lotto Soudal’s roster for 2022, for whom sprinter Caleb Ewan, Classics chief Philippe Gilbert, and breakaway Tim Wellens and Thomas De Gendt will probably be among the many leaders.
The returning Victor Campenaerts (from Qhubeka NextHash) is the main identify on the incoming checklist, with Rüdiger Selig, Michael Schwarzmann approaching board from Bora-Hansgrohe. Cedric Beullens makes the step up from Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise, whereas neo-pros Arnaud De Lie and Jarrad Drizners additionally be a part of.
John Degenkolb heads up the outgoing checklist as he returns to DSM. Tosh van der Sande strikes to Jumbo-Visma, and Stefano Oldani heads to Alpecin-Fenix. Elsewhere, the duo of Gerben Thijssen and Kobe Goossens transfer to Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert whereas Tomasz Marczynski has retired.
Off the bike, the workforce have shaken issues up among the many backroom employees after a tricky 2021 season which noticed them rack up simply 12 wins and end down in 18th within the UCI rankings.
Longstanding directeur sportif Herman Frison and former supervisor Marc Sergeant have each left the workforce, whereas Allan Davies and Cherie Pridham be a part of as directeurs sportif. Ex-Astana supervisor Yana Seel additionally comes on board as chief enterprise officer.
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