Your Wednesday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

August 10, 2016

In Wednesday’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Fournier wins photo finish in Route de France, stage 3; Vos’ touching gesture for Annemiek van Vleuten; Australian women’s team pursuit squad crashes in training; UCI defends Olympics road race course; Sondre Holst Enger to AG2R La Mondiale; Timmer, Stamsnijder extend with Giant-Alpecin; Nikolas Maes joins Lotto-Soudal; Preview: What you need to know about the men’s time trial at the Rio Olympics; Team Africa Rising helps first Eritrean female cyclist to race professionally in the United States; Study: Pro cyclists better at resisting mental fatigue; Police: Cyclist at fault in deadly collision; Dan Craven ‘live-tweets’ during Olympic road race; Cavendish on Olympics: Third Time Lucky or Fail Again; Actress Leslie Jones on the women’s road race finish

Nikolas Maes joins Lotto-Soudal

by CyclingTips

Nikolas Maes will move from Etixx–QuickStep to Lotto Soudal in 2017, looking to bolster their Classics squad. Turning pro in 2007 he raced with Patrick Lefevere programme since 2010.

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“Nikolas is a real Flandrien, someone who loves the cobbles and isn’t afraid of bad weather,” said team manager Marc Sergeant. “At Lotto Soudal we can definitely use an extra rider like him for our Classics team. This spring several riders were out due to injuries or illness, that’s almost unavoidable. The consequence is that you always need to rely on the same group of riders to line up a team for all races, that’s why reinforcement was welcome.”

“Nikolas is a very experienced rider, the past years he rode the Classics at the side of Tom Boonen. For the spring Classics we have young riders who can set results, just think of Tiesj Benoot and Jens Debusschere. They can definitely benefit from having someone like Nikolas with them in the team, someone who can better judge if the right moment has come to attack thanks to his experience.”

“I didn’t want to change team just for the sake of it, but I had a good chat with Marc Sergeant which made me realize that his vision on cycling and that of the team are very similar to my vision,” said Maes. “Then it was an easy choice to make. I will be able to fully use my capacities in this team. Lotto Soudal has a strong U23 team and invests a lot in Belgian youth. There are a lot of talented youngsters in the team and I like working with young riders. I like passing on my experience, but I also want to support them during races. For all these reasons this is a good match.”