WorldTeam Lotto Soudal completes 2022 team roster with Cedric Beullens
The 24-year-old Belgian Cedric Beullens (Onze-Lieve-Vrouw-Waver) has signed a two-year agreement with Lotto Soudal. That way, the Belgian WorldTeam completes its roster for the upcoming new cycling season. Beullens has been part of Sport Vlaanderen – Baloise for two years, where the young Belgian showed his potential as a Classics rider with top twenty results in WorldTour races like Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Eschborn-Frankfurt. The 24-year-old Cedric Beullens is looking forward to an important step in his pro cycling career.
“To be honest, it hasn’t fully sunk in yet that I will defend the Lotto Soudal colours next season, but of course I am very happy with this transfer! Following two great years at Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise, this is the right step in my career to further develop myself”, says Cedric Beullens. “Why the choice for Lotto Soudal? The Belgian team has a nice project, a good framework and I will be surrounded by a lot of youngsters and more experienced riders. Besides, I get the chance to play a role in the spring Classics, races in which I really want to evolve. I just love the atmosphere and the charm of the Flemish Classics.”
With the transfer of Cedric Beullens, General Manager John Lelangue completes the Lotto Soudal WorldTeam roster for 2022 as the focus shifts towards the new season preparations.
John Lelangue: “Completely in line with our vision, we complete our team for 2022 with another young Belgian talent Cedric Beullens. Cedric will strengthen the Classics squad and has proved this year that he can do well in the one-day races with among others a 17th place at the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and a 12th place at Eschborn-Frankfurt. In 2019, he finished second at the Ronde van Vlaanderen for U23 riders, which again shows his potential for the Flemish Classics. At Sport Vlaanderen – Baloise, he has been able to develop himself over the past two years and we are looking forward to welcome Cedric at the team next season!”
Cedric Beullens already looks ahead to the coming two seasons at the Belgian WorldTeam.
“Last season, I already had a taste of some WorldTour races like Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and the Ronde van Vlaanderen. I feel that I have grown as a rider and I’ve also acquired more race insight. But at the same time, I realise that being part of a WorldTeam will be quite the challenge. But I’ve already shown that I have what it takes and I hope to confirm this the coming seasons. Therefore, I would like to continue to grow and become an important part of the Classics squad. In addition, it would also be nice to go for some own results and riding a Grand Tour also seems like a very enriching experience to me”, concludes Cedric Beullens.
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