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by Shane Stokes

October 10, 2017

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Vuelta stage winner Armée extends with Lotto-Soudal

by Shane Stokes

A month after he clocked up his first WorldTour victory on stage 18 of the Vuelta a España, Sander Armée has been rewarded with a three-year extension with his current team. The 31-year-old Belgian has been part of Lotto-Soudal since 2014 and will remain on board until at least the end of 2020, thanks to the new deal.

“It’s nice that I can keep working in this pleasant environment,” he said. “It’s now my fourth year with the team and I immediately felt good at Lotto Soudal.

“I think that I’m the kind of rider who can help the team in a lot of different races but who can also get good results if the race profile suits my abilities. If our leaders are present, my role will be to help them as much as I can. But if there are no real leaders in the team, I can have a shot at winning. I’m glad with this situation and I think it can remain as such for the years to come.”

His victory at the Vuelta a España occurred atop the Alto de Santo Toribio climb, and is the high point thus far of his career. He was part of a 20-man move which went clear just over an hour into the stage, and he then pushed ahead with Julian Alaphilippe (QuickStep Floors) and Alexey Lutsenko (Astana).

Dropping the two better-known riders to take the win was a huge boost to his self-belief, and he wants to try to chase more opportunities in the future. “I still want to win another race, of course,” he said, reflecting on what he achieved. “I knew that I had a victory in my legs but it also depends a lot on the situation. I maybe have a little more confidence after my Vuelta stage win, and I hope I can repeat that in the future. It might be a race at another level though, but I will keep trying.”

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