Ten Lotto Soudal riders will be dismissed by registered letter

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A week and a half ago we already reported about the unrest within Lotto Soudal: the rejuvenation treatment that team manager John Lelangue is carrying out caused unrest within the team. In the meantime, the ten who were in question at the time were officially told to leave.

Jelle Wallays, Tosh Van der Sande, Sander Armée, Nikolas Maes, Adam Hansen, Brian van Goethem, Tomasz Marczynski, Rémy Mertz, Rasmus Iversen and Jonathan Dibben. Lotto Soudal exchanges almost his entire – especially experienced – midfield for neo-pros. At the end of last week, the involved riders were officially informed by registered letter, is yesterday The last news in The newspapaer confirmed.

With the names now known, Lotto-Soudal will consist of half boys aged 23 or younger next season. The newcomers are Andreas Kron (22), Xandres Vervloesem (20), Sébastien Grignard (21), Harry Sweeny (22), Viktor Verschaeve (22), Sylvain Moniquet (22) and Filippo Conca (22). Perhaps Maxim Van Gils will be added to that. The other vacant places will also go to young people.

Leaders worried
Although according to Lelangue the rejuvenation is a conscious choice, according to the managers of the riders it is mainly a budgetary problem. The corona crisis has seriously affected the Belgian WorldTour team, which has to do it with no less than two million euros less in 2021. The new deal with bicycle manufacturer Ridley is less than the previous one, while heavy contracts were signed last year with Philippe Gilbert and John Degenkolb. The last extension of Tim Wellens also weighs in, although the Limburger has reportedly spontaneously offered to hand in to relieve the pressure on the team.

Carl Frederik Hagen and Stan Dewulf had already decided to leave the team themselves. Remarkably, the leaders themselves are also concerned. Caleb Ewan still has certainty of his sprint train (Kluge, De Buyst), but will Gilbert, Wellens and Degenkolb be sufficiently supported during the classics? And how are the selections for the three grand tours completed? Will Lotto Soudal send half an U23 team to the Giro and the Vuelta? In other words, the turmoil continues …





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