For the coming three years, Victor Campenaerts will join Team Dimension Data, which will be rebranded as Team NTT in 2020.
The visions of Team NTT and Victor Campenaerts align perfectly. The 27-year-old will be given the freedom to focus on his time trialling. "As a time trialist, it's important to fall back on a solid basis and sustainable structure in order to keep making progress", Campenaerts commented on his transfer. "This team believes in my capacities as a time trialist and supports my goals."
The two-time European Time Trial Champion and World Hour Record Holder considers the deal with Team NTT (Nippon Telegraph and Telephone) a long-term project. "The team and I aim for the Olympic Games in Tokio next year, and, on becoming World Champion in the future as well."
“I’m really looking forward to my new adventure with Team NTT next year. The contact that I had with the team earlier on (in the year) was immediately really positive – with riders at first, then with some of the staff and later on directly with Doug Ryder. The common interests were very positive for both parties, and we didn’t need talk too much in order for us to agree on working together.
“I had two super good years with Lotto Soudal, it was a really positive experience and it was really difficult to leave the team but I’m really looking forward to this new challenge. I’m sure that this is a step forward in my career and I’m really looking forward to it.”
Douglas Ryder – Team Principal:
“Welcoming Victor into our team is hugely exciting. His pedigree is exceptional and, in particular, to have someone join us with his time trialling ability is a huge boost for the whole team and for our bike partner BMC as we continue to innovate together. Victor has huge ambitions for next year with which we believe through our partners NTT and ALE and how we use technology, we are able to achieve great things together."
"2020 is a big year which of course includes the Olympic Games in Tokyo as a major highlight for many riders. Our title sponsor, NTT, has its roots in Japan and so to prospectively have Victor challenging for a medal there will be a fantastic moment for us.”