Wanty-Groupe Gobert has started his reinforcement for the next season. The Belgian team, which recently extended the contract of three of its riders (Meurisse, Martin, Devriendt), can count on a first reinforcement for 2019. Loïc Vliegen signs a two-year contract with Wanty-Groupe Gobert. The Belgian, who has been with BMC for three and a half years, will strengthen our Walloon formation this winter. The rider from Liège finished 9th in the Amstel Gold Race in 2016, twice in the top 10 of Tour de Wallonie and 5th in Dubai Tour this year.
"I could have stayed with BMC and also received offers from World Tour teams. But I see that Wanty-Groupe Gobert is growing and the positive feedback has convinced me. It is a good thing to become a member of a Walloon team with Walloon partners. This project is growing every year and presented a great opportunity. "
"I have a role to play at Wanty-Groupe Gobert, which is very important to me. I gained a lot of experience at BMC and was able to participate in numerous important races at a high level. I have learned a lot, it is time to score now. I will do my best to achieve good results for the team over the next two years. This is really something I was looking for: to get freedom in the spring classics, especially for the Flemish classics. I also want to be present in Tour de France, because I have already ridden Vuelta and the Giro. I will do everything to be in the selection and show myself. "
"I already know a lot of people at Wanty-Groupe Gobert, so I will quickly feel at home. I often train with Boris Vallée, with whom I rode in a youth team for six seasons. I also know Kevin Van Melsen well. I am looking forward to be their team mate, so I am not afraid of the switch and integration into the group. "
"It is important for our team, with two Walloon partners, to be able to attract one of the best riders in the peloton. We are convinced that Loïc has the qualities to shine in the spring classics. Thus I am happy to have convinced him to ride for Wanty-Groupe Gobert for the next two years. "