Lotto Soudal has announced the signing of young talent Brent Van Moer to its WorldTour program. The 21-year-old has signed his first professional contract for the coming two years.
In recent years, the U23 Belgian Time Trial Champion has proven his skills at the development team of Lotto Soudal several times: Brent took silver at the U23 World Championships Time Trial, second place at the U23 edition of Omloop het Nieuwsblad (a race he already won in the junior ranks) and finished - despite bad luck in the finale - inside the top 10 of Paris-Roubaix Espoirs twice.
Brent Van Moer is happy to become pro:
“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 lie within my time trials and the Classics. Therefore, Lotto Soudal is the perfect environment to further develop myself. 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 how things will develop. 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.”
Source: Lotto Soudal