Algemeen Lotto Dstny announces plans for 2023
During its annual press day, Lotto Dstny has announced the season planning of its riders. The Belgian ProTeam targets sprint wins with amongst others Caleb Ewan and Arnaud De Lie, but also wants to play a role in the one-day races and the biggest Classics.
Despite taking seven wins last year, Caleb Ewan is eager to do better in 2023. Milano-Sanremo, where Ewan was not able to take the start due to sickness last year, will again be the first big goal. “Despite several nice wins, it was not the season I hoped for. I want to turn things around in 2023. I have several nice goals coming up, starting with Milano-Sanremo, several Belgian Classics which I really look forward to and of course the Tour, where I’ll target sprint victories.”
Race schedule Caleb Ewan: Tour Down Under (17/1 - 23/1), Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race (29/1), UAE Tour (20/2 - 26/2), Milano-Sanremo (18/3), Classic Brugge - De Panne (22/3), Gent-Wevelgem (26/3), Dwars Door Vlaanderen (29/3), Scheldeprijs (5/4), Tour de France (1/7 - 23/7).
Breakaway artist Thomas De Gendt took a memorable stage win at the Giro last year. Also at the start of his fifteenth year as a pro, De Gendt still remains ambitious. “Also in my fifteenth year as a pro, the ambition remains the same and that is to win races. In Paris-Nice and Volta a Catalunya combined, I already won seven times. I hope to perform well in those races this year. Besides, I want to help the team as much as possible where I can.”
Race schedule Thomas De Gendt: Mallorca Challenge (25/1 tm 29/1), Muscat Classic (10/2), Tour of Oman (11/2 - 14/2), UAE Tour (20/2 - 26/2), Paris-Nice (5/3 - 12/3), Volta a Catalunya (20/3 - 26/3), Brabantse Pijl (12/4).
Andreas Kron wants to show himself again on hilly terrain. The Dane will target Strade Bianche, the Ardennes Classics and a possible second Tour participation. “I can’t wait for the season to start, where my first big goal will be Strade Bianche. It’s a hectic but beautiful race which suits me well. I will also be back in Catalunya, where I took my first stage win for the team. I would like to repeat that this year..
Race schedule Andreas Kron: Vuelta a Murcia (11/2), Jaén Paraiso Interior (13/2), Ruta del Sol (15/2 - 19/2), Faun-Ardèche Classic (25/2), Faun Drome Classic (26/2), Trofeo Laiguelia (1/3), Strade Bianche (4/3), Volta a Catalunya (20/3 - 26/3), GP Indurain (1/4), Brabantse Pijl (12/4), Amstel Gold Race (16/4), Flèche Wallonne (19/4), Liège-Bastogne-Liège (23/4).
With nine wins, Arnaud De Lie was one of the revelations of the 2022 season. The strong sprinter will have a taste of several Flemish WorldTour Classics and two Monuments: Milano-Sanremo and Paris-Roubaix. “I am really eager to further discover myself in races of the highest level. It will be a nice test and I obviously want to show myself. I can’t wait to know how it feels to be riding two Monuments such as Milano-Sanremo and Paris-Roubaix.”
Race schedule Arnaud De Lie: Classica Communitat Valenciana (22/1), GP Marseillaise (29/1), Etoile de Bessèges (1/2 - 5/2), Clasica de Almeria (12/2), Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne (26/2), Le Samyn 28/2), Paris-Nice (5/3 - 12/3), Milano-Sanremo (18/3), Gent-Wevelgem (26/3), Dwars door Vlaanderen (29/3), Paris-Roubaix (9/4), Brabantse Pijl (12/4).
Newcomer Pascal Eenkhoorn conquered the Dutch road title last year and wants to show it at Lotto Dstny. “Of course, I look forward to showing the Dutch tricolour at Lotto Dstny during a nice and varied schedule. The ambition is to win races. I can’t wait for my first Amstel Gold Race participation. To start in my home race as Dutch champion will be really special.”
Race schedule Pascal Eenkhoorn: Mallorca Challenge (25/1 - 29/1), Vuelta a Murcia (11/2), Jaén Paraiso Interior (13/2), Ruta del Sol (15/2 - 19/2), Faun-Ardèche Classic (25/2), Faun Drome Classic (26/2), Paris-Nice (5/3 - 12/3), Milano-Sanremo (18/3), Volta Limburg Classic (1/4), Brabantse Pijl (12/4), Amstel Gold Race (16/4), Flèche Wallonne (19/4), Liège-Bastogne-Liège (23/4).
Also this year, the always ambitious Victor Campenaerts will focus on the Classics. “This will only be my third ‘real’ spring Classics season, but I feel that I’ve gathered the necessary experience to perform. Also as a team, we’re again really motivated to show ourselves. This year, Dwars door Vlaanderen has become a bit less tough, I primarily dream of winning Omloop Het Nieuwsblad this year, that is currently what drives me during training.”
Race schedule Victor Campenaerts: Omloop het Nieuwsblad (25/2), Le Samyn (28/2), GP Criquielion (4/3), Ronde van Drenthe (12/3), Nokere Koerse (15/3), Bredene Koksijde Classic (17/3), E3 Saxo Classic (24/3), Dwars door Vlaanderen (29/3), Ronde van Vlaanderen (2/4), Brabantse Pijl (12/4).
Last year he took his maiden win at the Antwerp Port Epic, this year Florian Vermeersch wants to show himself once again during his beloved cobbled Classics. “At the moment, we’re working hard during training camp to start the season in the best possible shape. Due to obvious reasons, I look forward to Paris-Roubaix the most. There’s a good vibe within the team and I am convinced that we can take the next step during the spring classics.”
Race schedule Florian Vermeersch: Vuelta a Murcia (11/2), Clasica de Almeria (12/2), Omloop Het Nieuwsblad (25/2), Le Samyn (28/2), GP Criquielion (4/3), Ronde van Drenthe (12/3), Nokere Koerse (15/3), Bredene Koksijde Classic (17/3), Gent-Wevelgem (26/3), Dwars door Vlaanderen (29/3), Ronde van Vlaanderen (2/4), Paris-Roubaix (9/4), Brabantse Pijl (12/4).