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The young Dutch talent Demi de Jong is an new addition for the Lotto Soudal Ladies team.
De Jong won the youth jersey at Boels Rental Ladies Tour and accumulated a handful of strong results on the early season classics.
“Liesbet De Vocht contacted me to join Lotto Soudal and she made me enthusiastic,” said the 22-year old. “I have chosen a Belgian team, but because I only live at about five kilometres from the border I don’t consider going to Belgium as going abroad. Lotto Soudal has a nice race programme and I hope to animate the finales in the spring together with Lotte Kopecky. I already know Lotte from when we were juniors. The past years we were opponents and now we can support each other.”
“I love hilly races with cobbles and I don’t mind rain,” De Jong added. “Ghent-Wevelgem is one of my favourite races. In 2012 I won bronze in the time trial at the World Championships for juniors, without any specific training. To set results in time trials as an elite you do need to train for it and that is something I want to work on in the future.
“When you want to set results in stage races it’s important to ride a decent time trial. But first I want to have a good winter and build up a good basic condition. In January I will probably ride some cyclo-crosses or beach races to be completely in shape for the spring, because in the spring races I want to set good performances.”