ProTeam Jacopo Guarnieri reinforces Lotto Dstny sprint train
The experienced Italian rider Jacopo Guarnieri (34) will become part of the sprint train for Lotto Soudal sprinters Caleb Ewan and Arnaud De Lie. Guarnieri, former winner of stages in the Belgian races Driedaagse De Panne-Koksijde, Circuit Franco-Belge and two stages in the Tour de Pologne, has signed a two-year contract.
Guarnieri has years of experience in sprint finishes. In the beginning of his career he fought for wins himself, later he specialized in the lead-out for other top sprinters. “I was actually flattered by the interest of Lotto Dstny, which will be the name of the team from 2023 on”, comments Guarnieri on his signing. “This is a team with a great history of sprinters and lead-out trains. The team is fully focused on winning bunch sprints and with Caleb Ewan and Arnaud De Lie there are two really fast guys for me to work for. I have had a good talk with Caleb Ewan already and I am looking forward to the next two seasons.”
The signing of Guarnieri is part of the ever ongoing process of improving the Lotto Soudal sprint train. “When working with a sprint train you always have to keep looking for improvements”, says Lotto Soudal CEO John Lelangue. “The work is never done. With Caleb Ewan we have one of the fastest sprinters of the peloton, but Arnaud De Lie has proven this year that he deserves to be surrounded by strong riders who know how to guide a sprinter too. Therefore, it is crucial for us to bring some extra experience and fast legs into our sprint train.”
“A lead-out is more than just power or luck”, adds Jacopo Guarnieri. “In my former teams I was responsible for the organization of the sprint train as well. A good feeling amongst all involved in the train is crucial. Of course, there are a lot of strong guys already, but I want to bring something extra to this team with my experience.”
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