The Belgian pro riders Pieter Vanspeybrouck and Jérôme Baugnies extended their contract with Wanty-Groupe Gobert. Baugnies stays until the end of 2019, Vanspeybrouck until the end of 2010.
The 31-year old Jérôme Baugnies will start his 6th season at Wanty-Groupe Gobert in the upcoming year. After a heavy crash in the GP Wallonie at the end of 2017 he returned to the highest level in 2018. He showed himself with a long breakaway in Liège-Bastogne-Liège and won the GP Stad Zottegem (1.1) and the International Cycling Trophy in Oetingen (1.2). He also triumphed at the kermesse races in Melle and Ninove.
The 31-year-old Belgian rider Pieter Vanspeybrouck is since 2017 part of the Belgian procontinental formation. Last year he showed himself in the Tour of Norway and Tour of Germany, but his season was also marked by a lot of bad luck and crashes.
"I hope to be able to equal my performances from last season in 2019. I would immediately sign for that. Normally my best period starts in the month of May, then I hope to score some wins again. Even though I was already excellent in Liège-Bastogne-Liège this year. Do I want to ride the Flemish classics again? I do not make any statement about this at the moment. The riders who are in the best condition at that moment deserve the selection. "
"I just resumed my training on the road, as I was did undergo surgery two weeks ago. The metal screws after my crash in the GP Wallonie 2017 were still there. They have now been removed. So I am new officially a steel-free man again. "
"The operation itself went well and in the meantime I was able to resume training on the road. That is a bit later than in other years, but that should not be a problem. Until the end of december I will keep visiting the physiotherapist. That is why I do not plan a foreign training camp for now, as long as there is no snow in Belgium. "
"Last season was one full of ups and downs. In the spring I started the season strongly, but a number of crashed caused problems in the important classics. In Frankfurt and Norway I came back in good form, but in the fourth stage of the Tour of Norway I crashed and broke my collarbone. After the summer it went better again, with remarkable performances in the Tour of Germany. "
"Still, I feel that I have not yet demonstrated my full potential at Wanty-Groupe Gobert. Every time I really got going, I had to deal with bad luck. Being able to show my true potential will be my main goal in the upcoming season. I hope to shine again in the spring classics. Gent-Wevelgem is a race that I like and the course suits my characteristics."