De Gendt extends with Lotto Soudal through 2020 - News Shorts

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Thomas De Gendt has extended his contract for one season and will remain at Lotto Soudal at least till the end of 2020, the team announced on Wednesday.

The 31-year-old Belgian still had a contract until the end of 2019, but the team decided to adjust the deal and add one more year. The contract extension is a sign of appreciation for the performances of De Gendt during the past few years, the team said in the statement.

"I still had a contract till the end of next year, but both the team and I were interested in extending the contract. That way, I don't have to worry about getting a new contract at Lotto Soudal or at another team next year. Having the certainty till the end of 2020 gives me some peace of mind," De Gendt said.

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"I feel good within the team. Lotto Soudal gives me the freedom to race the way I want and they also encourage my style of racing. So, it really wasn't a difficult decision to sign for an additional year. I wasn’t thinking of changing teams, the only thing I was worried about was whether adjusting my contract would be possible.”

Since he joined Lotto Soudal in 2015, De Gendt secured six victories and forced numerous breakaway attempts. In recent years, he won a stage in the Tour de France and the Vuelta a España. This year, he earned a stage victory in the Volta a Catalunya and the Tour de Romandie.

"For sure, I want to keep racing the way I did the last three years. That style of racing resulted in two victories in both 2016 and 2017. This year, I already won twice. I have always raced offensively and I gave the team a lot of screen time," he said.

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