WorldTeam Jarrad Drizners signs with Lotto Soudal
Lotto Soudal is excited to announce the signing of Jarrad Drizners. The 22-year-old from Adelaide, South Australia joins the team from Hagens Berman Axeon. Drizners, a two-time national U23 champion (road race 2020, criterium 2019) signed an agreement for two years.
“I am still a bit in disbelief. I am so excited but nervous as well”, explains Jarrad Drizners. “I didn’t expect it at all as 2021 was not my best season, but in the last months I was able to convince Lotto Soudal. Since the Tour de l’Avenir I am riding at a high level. I took a 4th place overall in the Flanders Tomorrow Tour and ten days ago, in Liège-Bastogne-Liège U23, they only caught me at 50 metres from the finish, otherwise I would have been on the podium. That was so devastating, heartbreaking.”
“Jarrad will add depth to the current Lotto Soudal roster as he excels in short climbs, crosswinds and bunch sprints”, adds Lotto Soudal general manager John Lelangue. “He has a big engine and likes the Belgian races. He is definitely not a climber but he can play a key role in the lead-out for Caleb Ewan and he can finish the job himself as well. I would compare him with riders like Brent Van Moer or Harry Sweeny. Jarrad will bring a lot of potential to the team.”
“I still need to find out which kind of rider I am. I would say a puncher, a classics riders. I love Belgian races and I like sprints, most likely because of my background as track rider. Now it is awesome that I can work together with Caleb Ewan, one of the best sprinters in the world. That’s so motivating. If I just could play a little part in one of his victories, that would make me the happiest man in the world”, concludes Jarrad Drizners.
Jarrad Drizners will finish his 2021 season in France, at the Circuit des Ardennes, from 7 to 10 October, before starting the preparation for his first season at Lotto Soudal.
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