Classic rider Bert De Backer has extended his contract with B&B Hotels – Vital Concept. The experienced rider will stay with the French ProTeam until at least the end of 2021.

Bert De Backer:

“The first lockdown of 2020 got me thinking. It gave me the confirmation that I still love to train. As soon as we could race again, I followed a schedule for a period of 3 months. I received the same joy with racing – a good sign for a 36-year-old rider, like me.”

“When the race season restarted in August, I had good legs and knew I wanted to continue my career as a pro cyclist. I always like pushing myself. I have found the perfect mix of what the team can offer me and what I can contribute to the team.”

“Everyone knows my love for Paris – Roubaix, so I hope to ride this classic in 2021 as well. However, my main focus will be advising my younger teammates in stage races and play a vital roll in the team’s lead-out in bunch sprints. These roles suit me and give me satisfaction. Now, I’ll train and race like it will be my last season as a professional cyclist.”