06 Jul

Contract extension for De Buyst and Wallays

Contract extension for De Buyst and Wallays

Marc Sergeant, sports manager Lotto Soudal: “Jelle Wallays and Jasper De Buyst are two riders whom we definitely wanted to keep in the team, that’s why we extended their contracts for three and two years respectively. Jelle came over from Topsport Vlaanderen. It is not easy to set the step to the WorldTour level, but he coped well with it. We already knew he has a big engine and he is versatile: he works for the team, has a role in one-day races and he can perform well in stage races. Last year he rode the Vuelta, his first Grand Tour ever. He learnt a lot during those three weeks. This year Jelle just missed out on the Tour selection, but the fact that he was so close, proves that he is moving in the right direction. Also in the one-day races Jelle can become even stronger.”

Jelle Wallays: “There aren’t many riders who have a contract until the end of 2020, this is wonderful. It proves that the team has faith in me. This security gives me mental rest and that will have a positive influence on my performances. Both the team and I know my capabilities and together we look for the best possible race programme. I don’t mind working for the team, but if I am part of a breakaway I can finish it off too. I can contribute to the team in both ways.”

“I have learnt a lot the since I’ve been riding for this team. Last year I rode my first Grand Tour and also this year I will go to the Vuelta. That will do me good. I am still becoming stronger and want to continue to set step forwards. I am grateful to the team for the opportunities I get.”

Marc Sergeant: “As of this season Jasper focused only on road cycling. That has turned out to be the right choice. It was his first winter without track races. He was very strong in the first half of this season. So far Jasper finished nine times on top ten, of which five times on top five. At the beginning of June he won the Heistse Pijl, his first pro victory on the road. Nice results for such a young rider. Let’s not forget that he is only 23 years old. He can still make a lot of progression. Jasper isn’t slow at all and he can win sprints in a small group. In bunch sprints he can work as a lead-out. He can also time trial rather well. If he continues to grow, he will definitely be able to set good results in stage races of a few days.”

Jasper De Buyst: “I feel that there are chances for me to develop myself within this team, so I am very satisfied with this contract extension. I have found my place in the team and feel the appreciation. This is the first season without track racing. I can be satisfied with the season up till now. I won a race in June and I am very happy with that. I had already come close a few times before, but at certain moments I missed the experience. That are lessons for the future.”

“I am looking forward to the next two years with Lotto Soudal. I feel really good here. I know which opportunities I get and what to do on other occasions, that can be doing a lead-out or work for the teammates during the Classics. This combination is fun.”

  • Written by Yannick Prevost in the category Default.