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Teams & Riders Lotto Dstny Cycling Team

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De Lie has shown so far at the three WT stage races he did in 2023, being PN, Renewi nad Guangxi that he would not be competitive in a full peleton sprint at the TDF - He needs a punchy finish which did not occur in the 2023 TDF - Depending on parcours, the Vuelta may be the best option in 2024.
Yep, it's "riders for courses" but he always seems to be far back in the bunch, so there's still some work there or a better leadout man.
 
De Lie has shown so far at the three WT stage races he did in 2023, being PN, Renewi nad Guangxi that he would not be competitive in a full peleton sprint at the TDF - He needs a punchy finish which did not occur in the 2023 TDF - Depending on parcours, the Vuelta may be the best option in 2024.
Think the sprint that Pedersen won would have been perfect for De Lie...
 
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In his final year, Thomas de Gendt is still learning some new tricks

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The article in Belgian press today makes it sound like de Lie is running the team now :D

(gt) “Arnaud and I regularly talk on the phone,” says CEO Stéphane Heulot. “He doesn't make any demands, but he does indicate how he sees it. He always thinks in terms of the team. Ultimately, we as management decide, but it goes without saying that we listen to Arnaud.”

Lotto Dstny does everything he can to make De Lie as comfortable as possible. David Thomson first appeared two years ago. In the meantime, De Lie's personal osteopath is a full member of the team and the medical staff was further strengthened at his request. De Lie's bike fitter is also closely involved with the team. [...]

De Lie was thus given the right to veto the choice of the new bike. After breaking the contract with Ridley, he was one of the riders who tested some new brands. It is no coincidence that the team just ended up at Orbea. De Lie already raced on the Spanish brand among the juniors. [...]

Naturally, De Lie has more than his say in the program he rides and with whom he completes those races. He also adjusts his lead-out. In the off-season, De Lie indicated who he would like to join. Lionel Taminiaux answered his question. Oliver Naesen approached the team with his wish, but he had already given his word to DecathlonAG2R. It is no coincidence that the contract extensions of Beullens, Van Moer and De Buyst were announced at approximately the same period as that of De Lie. De Lie insisted that they stay. More than the financial aspects, he focused on the team around him during the negotiations. Jasper De Buyst is the only rider in the team who, like De Lie, is contracted until 2026. The next contract extensions that De Lie hopes for are those of Campenaerts, Vermeersch, Grignard and Eenkhoorn.


https://pressreader.com/article/282037627092362
 
The article in Belgian press today makes it sound like de Lie is running the team now

Yeah they're kind of framing a few things to make it seems like De Lie is a Greek God and literally decides everything. Obviously he has a lot to say, like every leader in every team. Pretty normal he has his "guys" in the team, but...

- Taminiaux, while being a friend of De Lie, did not come to just help De Lie, just look at the races both are riding. The races they do together are very limited, if there are any honestly. Taminiaux is definitely not at Lotto to be De Lie's leadout, he won't even be at the Tour. Taminiaux is at Lotto to give them more opportunities to get points in smaller races, specifically in May, June, August and September.

- The extensions of Beullens, Van Moer and De Buyst? Oh come on, like the team wouldn't be wanting them to stay if De Lie wasn't as good as he is. They're simply good riders. Grignard is probably the only one who's life has been made significantly easier thanks to De Lie.

- the bikefitter is Gaetan Bille btw, ex Lotto rider, it's not like he's a nobody. There has been like 10 new news in the Lotto staff this season, it's not like they are all coming from De Lie

- Naesen was on the shortlist of Lotto, so was Vanmarcke. De Lie and Lotto wanted reinforcement with experience, and those were simply the 2 Belgian guys that fitted the profile. It wasn't rocket science.
 
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Dstny to quit Lotto?
Sounds more like it was Lotto's choice, by not activating the option to extend with 2 years. Maybe they found something else/better, or they thought they would and didn't (which would be bad obviously).

It's a pretty weird interview honestly. Sounds like everything is already decided (and HLN isn't wrong often with these things) and Dstny guy simply can't communicate yet.
 
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Sounds more like it was Lotto's choice, by not activating the option to extend with 2 years. Maybe they found something else/better, or they thought they would and didn't (which would be bad obviously).

It's a pretty weird interview honestly. Sounds like everything is already decided (and HLN isn't wrong often with these things) and Dstny guy simply can't communicate yet.
thanks, I don't have access to the whole article
 
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One of the worst cobbled classic campaigns in their existence. Result wise absolutely horrendous, with a 10th in Omloop and 13th place in E3 being their best results. Team looked cursed ofcourse with Vermeersch already out in his first race (he would've been really good in a race like today), De Lie not being himself after opening weekend and even others crashing out almost every race (I think Van Moer crashed in 4 out 5 classics, Beullens in 3 out of 5 he rode, including today being in a decent position). Slocks performance today was a positive.

Let's hope Van Gils doesn't crash out or get sick in the hilly classics. With Kron they have a good duo there. With Van Eetvelt they would've had a really strong team, but he's still out sadly. Still not a lot of positive progression regarding his knee problems.
 
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One of the worst cobbled classic campaigns in their existence. Result wise absolutely horrendous, with a 10th in Omloop and 13th place in E3 being their best results. Team looked cursed ofcourse with Vermeersch already out in his first race (he would've been really good in a race like today), De Lie not being himself after opening weekend and even others crashing out almost every race (I think Van Moer crashed in 4 out 5 classics, Beullens in 3 out of 5 he rode, including today being in a decent position). Slocks performance today was a positive.

Let's hope Van Gils doesn't crash out or get sick in the hilly classics. With Kron they have a good duo there. With Van Eetvelt they would've had a really strong team, but he's still out sadly. Still not a lot of positive progression regarding his knee problems.
Slock is really a positive surprise, he rode very strong in Schelde and yesterday at P-R as well... hope he can build on that for the next races and classics season
 
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One of the worst cobbled classic campaigns in their existence. Result wise absolutely horrendous, with a 10th in Omloop and 13th place in E3 being their best results. Team looked cursed ofcourse with Vermeersch already out in his first race (he would've been really good in a race like today), De Lie not being himself after opening weekend and even others crashing out almost every race (I think Van Moer crashed in 4 out 5 classics, Beullens in 3 out of 5 he rode, including today being in a decent position). Slocks performance today was a positive.

Let's hope Van Gils doesn't crash out or get sick in the hilly classics. With Kron they have a good duo there. With Van Eetvelt they would've had a really strong team, but he's still out sadly. Still not a lot of positive progression regarding his knee problems.
Would you reckon the cobbled classic campaigns of Lotto Dstny worse or equally bad versus Soudal Quick Step? Both were extremely disappointing.
 
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Would you reckon the cobbled classic campaigns of Lotto Dstny worse or equally bad versus Soudal Quick Step? Both were extremely disappointing.

Hmm, resultwise QS did a bit better because at least they got a top 10 in GW with Merlier, and he also won Scheldeprijs en got 2nd in De Panne which obviously aren't cobbled classics, but Lotto doesn't even have that to make up for their lack of results in the actual classics. That being said. QS did have their best riders at the start of the classics, Lotto missed their 2 leaders. So imo Lotto has an actual valid excuse (even tho I think they should've done better without De Lie and Vermeersch too), QS doesn't.

So basically both complete ***, but at least Lotto can hide behind the fact they missed Vermeersch and De Lie.
 
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According to Belgian press Dstny won't stay on board as co sponsor for next year. They don't really like how things go behind the scenes and also have a problem with Jannie Haek, the CEO of the Belgian Lottery. He's in the middle of a storm the past 2 months cause of anonymous stories from employees about his dictatorial way of "ruling". Not the first co sponsor in the history of the team who has a problem with the Lottery's way of doing things, or Haek specifically. He's always been quite controversial, using the team as some sort of private project, trying to make all the decisions on his own, passing his board of directors, etc. Basically he's a *** nothing new.

Anyways. with Dstny not extending there have been rumors for a while about Lotto not having the money to extend riders or doing transfers. Vermeersch was already known to be leaving, but Campenaerts and Kron (from what I know him leaving has nothing to do with this tho and was already set in stone) are now expected to be leaving too. Others (like Menten) have had agreements with the team for a while but hasn't been able to sign the actual contract cause of the sponsor stuff going on.

So yeah, not positive at all. Dstny leaving means a 6M euro hole in the budget, which already wasn't that big. That's huge. They are hoping to fill that gap with 2 smaller sponsors as finding a big sponsor now seems mission impossible. According to HLN one of them might be Digi. But even if they find sponsors to fill the whole, when those agreements are signed some good riders who are out of contract will have jumped ship and good riders won't be on the market anymore. Expect a way weaker Lotto team next season. I hope they will have enough points at the end of this year already, so that they are guaranteed to be WT from 2026 onwards, maybe that will open more doors for new sponsors.
 
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