Lambrecht secures young rider’s jersey in Critérium du Dauphiné!
Carl Fredrik Hagen third in closing stage!
Bjorg Lambrecht has extended his contract with two seasons. The 22-year-old Belgian signed a new deal and will stay at Lotto Soudal at least till the end of 2021. Lambrecht turned pro in 2018 after he was part of the Lotto Soudal U23 team.
Last year, Lambrecht immediately showed himself during his first year in the pro peloton. He celebrated a first professional victory in the final Tour des Fjords stage and later that year, he got a taste of the Grand Tours as he started in the Vuelta. This spring, the Belgian puncher impressed during the Ardennes Classics with top ten results in Brabantse Pijl, Amstel Gold Race and Flèche Wallonne.
Bjorg Lambrecht: “It was not a difficult decision to stay at Lotto Soudal. I feel at home with the team. The past two years, I have always been given the opportunities I hoped to get. Right from the start, I received a nice race schedule and in some races, I could even start as the co-leader. That would not be the case in other teams.”
“The coming years, I want to further develop myself in the one-day and stage races. The team has already taught me a lot and they also fully support me. With the future in mind, Lotto Soudal is thus the perfect team for me. Thanks to, amongst others, Tiesj Benoot, Tim Wellens and Jelle Vanendert I took a nice step forward in terms of physical strength and tactical insight. I hope to confirm my nice performances in the Classics and make further progress in the one-week stage races. Especially the Tour of the Basque Country is a race which suits me very well. At the moment, I lack just that little bit for a top result but that will be the main goal for the future.”
“Sunday, I will start in my first Critérium du Dauphiné. I don’t have many expectations just yet. The shape is not great yet, but it is also not bad. My main objectives are a bit later in the season, with the Tour de Pologne and the Vuelta a España.”
Marc Sergeant, sports manager at Lotto Soudal, is of course delighted with the two-year contract extension of Lambrecht.
Marc Sergeant: “When you team up with a rider, for me it is important to also continue that engagement. In the case of Bjorg, it already became clear last year that it would succeed. We gave Bjorg - always in a careful way - the chance to become a fully-fledged pro. That approach definitely paid off with amongst others wonderful results in the past Ardennes Classics. Within the team, we cherish Bjorg. Although only aged 22, we have known each other for quite a while. For Bjorg, Lotto Soudal is a familiar environment.”
“Besides for example Benoot and Wellens, we have plenty of other riders who came from the project within Lotto Soudal to develop young talents. That is mainly the merit of Kurt Van de Wouwer, head of the U23 team. We notice that young riders choose for Lotto Soudal more often because they see a clear road to the pro peloton at our team.”
“We will approach the next two years with Bjorg in a similar way. In the beginning of the season, we will let him slowly build up towards the Tour of the Basque Country, a race which suits him really well. During his first year as a pro, he immediately performed amongst the world’s best riders. This year, there was a wonderful sequel during the Ardennes Classics. Let us target a victory in the future.”