Lotto Soudal welcomes Brent Van Moer to the WorldTour team!
One month earlier than initially planned, the 21-year-old Brent Van Moer trades the Lotto Soudal U23 division for the WorldTour team. Van Moer signed a two-year professional contract and makes his debut in the Hammer Series Limburg (7 – 9 June) and will later take part in the Baloise Belgium Tour (12 – 16 June).
Van Moer already showed his talent in the past few years. The reigning Belgian U23 champion against the clock took the silver medal during the time trial World Championships in Innsbruck last year. Also in the Classics, Van Moer already caught attention with some nice results. The young Belgian was runner-up in the U23 edition of Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, a race he already won in the junior ranks. Just like in 2018, Van Moer finished - despite bad luck in the finale – sixth in Paris-Roubaix U23 this year. Of course, Brent Van Moer is looking forward to joining the WorldTour outfit.
Brent Van Moer: “Of course, it is an exciting feeling to turn pro. But Lotto Soudal is already a familiar environment and I will encounter a lot of Belgian riders. Also, I already know some guys with whom I worked within the U23 team.”
“My strengths are in the time trials and the Classics. Therefore, Lotto Soudal is the perfect environment to further develop myself in those areas. Especially what concerns time trialing, I already worked with Kevin De Weert at the national team. So it is nice that he is now part of Lotto Soudal as the performance manager. Of course, I hope to learn a lot from Victor Campenaerts, one of the world’s best time trialists. Strong and experienced riders like Tiesj Benoot and Tim Wellens can teach me a lot about the Classics. In the future, races like Paris-Roubaix and the Tour of Flanders should really suit me thanks to the level of difficulty and my big engine.”
“We have to wait and see a bit how fluent everything goes. In the U23 category, I was able to perform at the highest level but with the pros, everything is just a little different. I hope to take some steps in the time trial area but I certainly don’t want to leave the Classics aside in favour of the work against the clock. I want to get a taste of everything during my first years as a pro.”
“My first race for Lotto Soudal will be the Hammer Series Limburg. I don’t really know what to expect but it will mainly be about learning from the big guys. During the Baloise Belgium Tour, especially in the time trial, it will be interesting to compete against some of the best like Victor Campenaerts. Then I will soon know how much work I have ahead of me.”
Lotto Soudal is the perfect environment to develop myself in the time trials and the Classics.