Younger Belgian sprinting phenomenon Arnaud De Lie says that after 9 victories in his debut season as a professional, he’s hoping to step issues up with a begin at Paris-Roubaix and probably the Tour of Flanders in 2023.
The Lotto Soudal rider received 9 races this season, greater than a 3rd of his crew’s whole and greater than any of his different teammates, beginning in January within the Problem Mallorca and persevering with all through to the Egmont Biking Basic in August.
By then, De Lie, 20, had already added one other 12 months to his contract along with his crew. He accomplished his season at Paris-Excursions, the place he crashed and couldn’t battle it out on the end.
Having reduce his tooth within the Classics at races like Gent-Wevelgem, Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne and the Scheldeprijs, his finest end result on the WorldTour degree was a fourth within the Bretagne Basic-Ouest France. His subsequent splendid step, he says, can be a begin in Paris-Roubaix.
A begin in Paris-Roubaix is a practical choice even when Lotto Soudal stand to be relegated from the WorldTour after lacking out on the highest 18 within the triannual crew rankings. They need to be ready in 2023 as the highest ProTeam of 2022 to obtain automated invites to the Grand Excursions and Classics.
With a contract with Lotto-Dstny till 2024, the 20-year-old is decided, he advised Belgian media shops Sporza and RTBF, “merely to maintain bettering my dash.”
“There have been races final season the place I used to be maybe the quickest man within the race, however I or my teammates nonetheless lacked the expertise to complete.”
De Lie identified that he has not been racing very lengthy along with his teammates so subsequent 12 months ought to go higher.
“I believe we may have an excellent higher group subsequent season, each within the sprints and the Classics,” he argued, “positioning within the bunch is so necessary in each instances, so it’s primarily about gaining expertise in these areas.”
Within the low season, De Lie’s program is predicated round working and serving to out on his father’s farm. However having taken seventh within the Junior Paris-Roubaix in 2019, the identical 12 months he took the Belgian Junior Nationwide Title, De Lie confirmed that in 2023 “I wish to take part within the Tour of Flanders, however significantly in Paris-Roubaix.
“However it is going to be a matter of time, I wish to do it nicely and that is what the crew thinks is finest, too.”