“In recent weeks I have only seen one bright spot at Lotto-Soudal and that was Harm Vanhoucke in the Tour of the Ain. I have to question the rest”, says cycling commentator Christophe Vandegoor.
“A lot has changed within the poeg, structures have been completely confused”, José De Cauwer adds. “I find it especially strange that the team can attract so few young people, while a Lefevere can do that with an Almeida, for example.”
“They tried with Van Aert and recently with Philipsen, but that didn’t work out. So I wonder: isn’t the team sexy enough?”
With Stan Dewulf, Lotto-Soudal had a growth brilliant, but they also let him go to AG2R. “Not even for the really big money,” says Vandegoor. “I still have questions about that. He is not Van Aert, but still a solid rider for the Flemish races.”
De Cauwer: “With Noor Hagen they had someone who could ride top 10 in a big lap, but they are already letting him go. Has it suddenly become 20 times more expensive? Or are they unable or unwilling to work with him?”
Yet there is also nuance. “At Lotto-Soudal they are also working with trainers and wind tunnels. They certainly do not work badly. But if you look at the history of the team, the great successes have usually been achieved by foreigners and not by their own youth. that is the intention of a national lottery. ”
“Manager John Lelangue also remains somewhat in the background. You can still stick your neck out and say: here I am. We do it like that.”
“Last year, Lotto-Soudal was in the same boat just before the Tour, but there they won 4 stages. Now it is not there and if it is not there, you cannot say that it is good.”