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Lotto Belisol: Louis Vervaeke has become pro at Lotto Belisol

Louis Vervaeke has come over from the U23 team to the pro team of Lotto Belisol. The 20-year-old from Oudenaarde is the 27th rider. Two weekends ago he conquered the overall victory at the Tour des Pays de Savoie, after the win in the final stage to Plateau des Glières. During that four-day race he never finished outside top four. In the end of May Vervaeke was already the best in the Tour de l’Isard. Vervaeke has signed a contract of 2,5 years. Today he made his pro début in the Tour of Austria.

Manager Marc Sergeant: “Giving young talents from our own ranks the opportunity to grow is one of our goals. The step from the U23 to the WorldTour is big and not easy, but I dare to say Louis is ready. He proved the past months again what he is capable of and that has made us even more sure that at Lotto Belisol he can become a good rider. In Belgium there aren’t so many youngsters that can climb. It seemed opportune to let him come over in the middle of the year – just like Tim Wellens two years ago – because that way Louis can get to know the kind of racing on the highest level in a relaxed manner.”

Louis Vervaeke: “I’m very enthusiast about my transfer to the pros. That’s the dream of each youth rider and definitely to sign with a WorldTour team. The past months it turned out that I’m ready to start a new part in my career. Look at my victories in the Tour de l’Isard and Tour des Pays de Savoie. The race in Savoie is even tougher; that I could win again there made me even more confident. I find it important to stay in a Belgian team. Some people of the U23 team will be around me in the pro team as well, like sports director Kurt Van de Wouwer. That will definitely help. I’m looking forward to get to know everybody.”

“At the moment I don’t have too great expectations for my first months in the pro peloton. It’s difficult to put forward a concrete goal. Together with the team we’ve decided that the first half year will be to learn. Climbing is my biggest specialty. Next to that I’m also a good time trialist. These two factors come in handy in stage races. Races of only one day are less my cup of tea, I’m not so explosive. I’m better when I can do tough efforts a few days in a row.”

Name: Louis Vervaeke
Date of birth: 06/10/1993
Place of birth: Ronse
Length: 180 cm
Weight: 65 kg

2012: Jong Vlaanderen – Bofrost
2013 – 2014: Lotto Belisol U23

Victories 2014: GC Tour de l’Isard, stage 4 Tour des Pays de Savoie, GC Tour des Pays de Savoie


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