Tiesj Benoot seems to be enjoying his partnership with Lotto Soudal, as he has extended their contract until the end of 2019.
Benoot started his first pro season being on top form, claiming the fifth position at the Ronde van Vlaanderen. This season has been one of his best, when compared to his last season in which he suffered a misfortune that forced him to abandon his ambition for the spring in the Ronde.
Benoot suffered a crashed during the Ronde van Vlaanderen in 2016 that ended all his hope of setting a good result during the spring. However, Lotto Soudal is confident that the extension of their agreement till 2019 will further boost the riders’ development.
Marc Sergeant, sports manager at Lotto Soudal speaking on the contract extension had said,
“Tiesj will be a key rider in our team the next three years. The long-term agreement we have with our main sponsors enables us to focus on the future of our team. The confidence the sponsors have in this team, makes it possible to extend the contract of Tiesj Benoot until the end of 2019.”
The contract extension shows the high level of understanding and trust the rider has for the team. And Lotto Soudal is confident that Tiesj will be one of the major riders in the team for the next three years.
“By this time we already know his strong points, but not yet his limits. We are very curious to see him develop further. In our team Tiesj finds the perfect environment to grow.”
Benoot appears to be very proud of his achievement at the Ronde, he described it as “the highlight of his career”. Attributing his success to the excellent management, he had enjoyed with Lotto Soudal. He said the extension of his contract is as a result of the opportunities available for him to grow at Lotto Soudal, and to aim for an outstanding performance in 2017.