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Tiesj Benoot becomes pro

Tiesj Benoot, who’s a trainee at Lotto Belisol and is rider of the U23 team, will become pro in the team as of January 1st 2015. The 20-year-old Belgian rider has signed a contract for two seasons. This year Tiesj became third in the Tour of Flanders U23, and in the U23 version of Liège-Bastogne-Liège he was fifth. In the Triptyque des Monts et Châteaux he finished two times second in a stage. He was also second in GC and could go home with the points jersey. In the Tour de l’Isard Tiesj finished on the third place in the overall classification. His traineeship started in the Tour of Denmark, where he was tenth overall.

Familiar surroundings
Tiesj Benoot: “I’m very happy that I can set the step from the U23 category to the pros within the same team. It’s ideal because it’s in a familiar surroundings. I already know Kurt Van de Wouwer very well, just like Stig Broeckx, Sean De Bie and Louis Vervaeke. It’s nice that I’m a trainee in the pro team now. I get to know the other riders and it’s a great experience. The Tour of Denmark was my first race and it went really well. I feel fine in the pro team.”

Find my way
“I expect to learn a lot in my first year as pro. With the U23 I rode on all sorts of terrain, from the Pyrenees and Alps to Paris-Roubaix. With the pros it’s a different style of racing and I will have to find my way and see which types of races suit me best. The hill classics should definitely be my cup of tea. I will work for the team and occasionally I’d like to show myself in races where that’s possible.”

Ponferrada is a goal
“I take part in the World Championships U23 road race. My ambition for Ponferrada is to end as high as possible in the ranking. The World Championships really is a goal this season. I’ve been thinking about it from the beginning of the year. Belgium has a very strong team. That’s also the case for Australia, you could see that in the Tour de l’Avenir. I expect they will control the race for their sprinter Caleb Ewan. We definitely have the team to make the race hard and we will take our responsibility. I hope to go to the finish with a small group and then I can rely on my sprint.”

Personal data:
Name: Tiesj Benoot
Date of birth: 11/03/1994
Place of birth: Ghent (Belgium)
Length: 1m89
Weight: 71 kg

Teams and victories:
2012: Avia Fuji Youth Team
2013 – 2014: Lotto Belisol U23

2012: Stage 2 Junioren Radrundfahrt Oberösterreich, stage 1 Keizer der juniores Koksijde,
2013: Stage 2 Vuelta a Madrid, Stage 4 Vuelta a Palencia, GC Tour de Moselle
2014: Points classification Triptyque des Monts et Châteaux

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