Gerben Thijssen in stable condition
Lotto Zesdaagse Gent
Lotto Soudal is happy to announce that Belgian and British riders Steff Cras and Matthew Holmes will be joining the team in 2020. Both climbers signed a two-year agreement with the Belgian WorldTour team.
Steff Cras: “For me it is like coming home again. Before becoming pro I’ve raced already two seasons in the U23 Lotto Soudal squad. I am happy with this move after a season that started well in Oman, before getting some health issues during the season. Fortunately the season ended on a good note. I finished my first Grand Tour in a good shape and performed well in the last races of the year. I am already hungry to prove myself in 2020 for Lotto Soudal.”
Steff Cras (23) raced the last two seasons for Team Katusha Alpecin. Matthew Holmes (25) raced the last six seasons for the British continental Madison Genesis team. In 2019 he finished 6th in the Tour de Yorkshire and 4th in the Tokyo 2020 Test Event.
Matthew Holmes: “After Tokyo, Lotto Soudal contacted me. I thought I was dreaming until I could finally sign my contract yesterday. It will be a big step from racing in Britain to racing all over the world but I feel I am ready for it and the team has faith in me. I am thrilled. I will mainly focus on the smaller stage races in a role as a helper who will get his own chances as well.”
With the signing of Steff Cras and Matthew Holmes, the 2020 Lotto Soudal roster is complete. The 2020 team gathered already yesterday at the headquarters of Soudal in Turnhout, Belgium.
General Manager: John Lelangue
Senior Adviser: Marc Sergeant
Sports Directors: Mario Aerts, Herman Frison, Maxime Monfort, Kurt Van de Wouwer, Marc Wauters, Frederik Willems
Riders: Sander Armée, Steff Cras, Jasper De Buyst, Thomas De Gendt, John Degenkolb, Stan Dewulf, Jonathan Dibben, Caleb Ewan, Frederik Frison, Philippe Gilbert, Kobe Goossens, Carl Fredrik Hagen, Adam Hansen, Matthew Holmes, Rasmus Iversen, Roger Kluge, Nikolas Maes, Tomasz Marczyński, Rémy Mertz, Stefano Oldani, Gerben Thijssen, Tosh Van der Sande, Brian Van Goethem, Brent Van Moer, Harm Vanhoucke, Jelle Wallays, Tim Wellens.