Lotto Belisol: Kris Boeckmans reinforces the team!
With Kris Boeckmans Lotto Belisol has another newcomer in the team next year. The 26-year-old Belgian rider will reinforce the team for two seasons starting on the 1st of January 2014 as well. At the moment he’s part of Vacansoleil-DCM. Last year Boeckmans rode a remarkable Tour de France, he ended up in top 10 three times, in the final stage to Paris he became fifth on the Champs Élysées. This year he became 10th in the opening stage on Corsica. With Boeckmans Lotto Belisol attracts a rider who returns to a familiar surroundings. In 2009 he rode in the U23 team of the Lotto team.
Manager Marc Sergeant: “In 2009 Kris Boeckmans completed his training in the U23 team of Kurt Van de Wouwer, so we know him very well. He then successfully set the step towards the pros at Topsport Vlaanderen. Since last year he rides at Vacansoleil-DCM where 2012 was a good season. This year he was less in the picture, partly because of the very heavy programme that was imposed on him. I think we can make an even better rider of him, also because of an optimal support through Energy Lab, a good programme and a Belgian team where he definitely will feel at home.”
Kris Boeckmans: “I’m very satisfied with my transfer to Lotto Belisol, this will certainly give a boost to my career. There is trust on both sides. The Belgian atmosphere is appealing. I’ll be part of a team that is active in the peloton already for many years. I’ll meet Kurt Van de Wouwer again, I know him from my time in the U23 team. I have fast legs and I want to further develop that asset within Lotto Belisol. This choice is the right one for that. To begin the classic season will be important next year, I look forward to Milan – Sanremo.”
Name: Kris Boeckmans
Date of birth: 13/02/1987
Place of birth: Malle
Length: 180 cm
Weight: 75 kg
2010-2011: Topsport Vlaanderen – Mercator
2010: 3rd stage Three Days of West-Flanders and 5th stage Ster Elektrotoer