After his two successful first seasons as a pro, 24-year-old Cédric Beullens already steps up to WorldTour level, signing a two-year contract with Lotto Soudal. Beullens, who recorded several top 20-results in WorldTour races, will reinforce the Classics' team at Lotto Soudal.
“To be honest, it hasn’t fully sunk in yet that I will defend the Lotto Soudal colours next season, but of course I am very happy with this transfer. Following two great years at Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise, this is the right step in my career to further develop myself."
"Why the choice for Lotto Soudal? The Belgian team has a nice project, a good framework and I will be surrounded by a lot of youngsters and more experienced riders. Besides, I get the chance to play a role in the spring Classics, races in which I really want to evolve. I just love the atmosphere and the charm of the Flemish Classics.”
“Last season, I already had a taste of some WorldTour races like Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and the Ronde van Vlaanderen. I feel that I have grown as a rider and I’ve also acquired more race insight. But at the same time, I realise that being part of a WorldTeam will be quite the challenge. But I’ve already shown that I have what it takes and I hope to confirm this the coming seasons. Therefore, I would like to continue to grow and become an important part of the Classics squad. In addition, it would also be nice to go for some own results and riding a Grand Tour also seems like a very enriching experience to me."