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"My victory on Mont Ventoux and the six days in the polka dot jersey are a highlight in my career. I hope to continue in the same way this season and in the years to come.”

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19.07.2016 @ 16:50 Posted by Emil Axelgaard

Thomas de Gendt (29) has extended his contract with Lotto Soudal until the end of 2019, while Lars Bak (36) has signed for another two years, until the end of 2018. For the Belgian 2016 is his second season with the team, for the Dane it’s the fifth.


Manager Marc Sergeant said: 


“The extension of the contracts of Thomas and Lars is a logical choice. Both have been living up to the expectations.


"We already talked with Thomas before the Tour de France. He got integrated really fast. Thomas is always keen to work for his teammates, but he can also have a go of his own on many occasions. He brings spectacle and publicity and he has already achieved nice results. His performances at this Tour only confirms what he’s capable of and I’m glad he’ll be staying with us for another three years.


“Lars Bak is one of the most valued riders in the peloton. He showed his resilience in the run-up to this Tour by recovering so fast from the injuries he incurred at a crash in the Giro. He’s the perfect team player, loves to make time for the press and spectators, he contributes to a great atmosphere in the team and he’s ready for every race he starts.


Thomas De Gendt added: 


“It was already obvious to me during the spring that I wanted to stay with Lotto Soudal. I can be myself in this team. The sports directors know that I love to ride for my teammates when they have a chance to win and in some stages or races I can join a breakaway. Last year I showed myself in Paris-Nice and also at the Tour, despite a severe crash. This year I could win for the first time in three years, at the Volta a Catalunya. My victory on Mont Ventoux and the six days in the polka dot jersey are a highlight in my career. I hope to continue in the same way this season and in the years to come.”


Lars Bak added: 


“I am really happy that I can stay with Lotto Soudal for the next two years. The past five years I saw the team developing. I hope to continue playing my role in the team. We already ahieved some excellent performances like this year’s Giro and last year’s Tour. It would be wonderful if I could further contribute to that success in the next two years.


"When the contract ends, I will be 38 years. That doesn’t mean it will be the end of my career. If I still feel good, I might keep cycling. I am really motivated to defend the Lotto Soudal colours for two more years.”



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