Trine Schmidt to Lotto Soudal in 2017
The Danish rider Trine Schmidt is the fourth rider who will join the Lotto Soudal Ladies team next year. Schmidt, who is now 28 years old, quit cycling five years ago but started racing again this year. Now she chooses to continue the second part of her cycling career at Lotto Soudal.
Trine Schmidt: “It all started when I got back on the bike last year. That went well and I decided to race again. I felt like I had quit cycling too early and I know that I have the potential to show more. It were different reasons that made me retire from cycling five years ago, but today I know again why I love the sport.”
“The past season went really well. It all started with the National Championships in Denmark. I got second in the time trial after I had only raced four times in the spring, all time trials. After the Nationals I got some offers to be a guest rider in different races. It was hard to get back in the pro peloton among all those strong riders, but surprisingly I was doing really well.”
“I love time trialling and next year I want to focus more on this discipline, to get even better. I love the Belgian and Dutch races with echelons as well. I like to race over the cobbles and to fight in the bunch for the best positions. I’m also at my best when I can work for the team, that can be by pulling at the head of the bunch or by setting up a lead-out for the sprint. Next year I’ll be doing all those things at Lotto Soudal, a team that has its place in the pro peloton for many years now.”
“I can’t say what I expect of next season. I hope to perform well in the smaller stage races with a time trial. And I want to help the team where I can. In the past I also rode on the track, but I hadn’t raced on the track since the Olympics in Beijing in 2008. This winter I will take part in some track races. We’ll see where that ends.”
Trine Schmidt is the fourth newcomer in the Lotto Soudal Ladies team for 2017. Earlier the transfers of Annelies Dom, Puck Moonen and Kaat Van der Meulen were announced. These seven elite riders will remain in the team: Isabelle Beckers, Jessie Daams, Elise Delzenne, Chantal Hoffmann, An-Li Kachelhoffer, Lotte Kopecky and Fenna Vanhoutte. 13-year-old Julie Roelandts will also race for Lotto Soudal again next year.