Vervloesem and Moniquet to join Lotto Soudal
Les deux coureurs se sont illustrés dans la Ronde de l’Isard et ont signé un contrat de deux ans.
Team Lotto Soudal has reached an agreement with 21-year-old Filippo Conca. The Italian talent will ride the coming two years for the Belgian WorldTour team. Conca currently rides for UCI Continental Team Biesse Arvedi and just finished 5th in the U23 Giro d’Italia. Earlier this season he won in Imola his first race after the lockdown.
“I am so happy to be able to make this big step. Of course, I will do everything to show Lotto Soudal that they’ve made the right choice”, said Filippo Conca. “My ultimate dream is to win a stage in a Grand Tour, but that’s for later. First, I will need to find my place in the team and help the others. With Stefano Oldani, I have an Italian friend in the team. We know each other already for many years. That will help my integration in the team.”
Despite his length (1.90 m), Filippo Conca is an excellent climber. Two years in a row he finished 5th in the U23 Giro d’Italia. Last year he won the Giro del Valdarno and finished 7th overall in the Giro delle Valle d’Aosta Mont Blanc.
“Filippo is more than a good rider”, said Lotto Soudal General Manager John Lelangue. “He has the right spirit and we believe in him. While this is a big step, we as a team will provide him with the best possible support to continue his positive development. We are constantly working on the team’s future and contracted already some more young riders. We will give them all the necessary time to improve, but we have a plan with them.”