ProTeam Brent Van Moer, Cedric Beullens and Jarrad Drizners extend with Lotto Dstny, Tijl De Decker turns pro

“Together with them, we want to keep building the future of our team”, states CEO Stéphane Heulot.
General 20 July 2023

Belgians Cedric Beullens and Brent Van Moer have both extended their contract with Lotto Dstny. Also the Australian Jarrad Drizners will stay longer with the team. Tijl De Decker will step up from the Development to ProTeam next year. “Together with them, we want to keep building the future of our team”, states CEO Stéphane Heulot.

Brent Van Moer (25) has been a part of the Lotto Dstny family since 2017. He is a product of the Development Team and has been racing as a pro with the Belgian team for quite some years. The rouleur took amongst others a 3rd place at the GP La Marseillaise this year and stood out as a domestique in the team’s spring Classics’ squad. He extended his contract for two more years, until the end of 2025. Cedric Beullens (26) joined the then Lotto Soudal team in 2022 and now signs for an additional two seasons, with an option for a third year. Beullens proved his value the past months as a loyal teammate in the Classics and got some results for himself with a 7th at Classic Brugge-De Panne and a 9th at Brussels Cycling Classic.

Also Jarrad Drizners (24) extends his contract for two more seasons. The Australian has been racing for the team since 2022 and is an important element in the sprint train but also a valued teammate in the Classics. “We are delighted with these three extensions”, says CEO Stéphane Heulot. “For us, it is really important to keep the Classics team together. The past months, the team has shown its offensive spirit in the spring races, which happened partly due to these team players. They are a perfect fit within our team and for the plans we have for the future.”

The young talent Tijl De Decker (21) joined the Lotto Dstny Development Team this year and immediately impressed with a stage win in the Tour de Taiwan stage three, places of honour in the U23 races Rutland-Melton Cicle Classic (2nd) and Eschborn-Frankfurt U23 (4th) and being the icing on the cake, a victory at Paris-Roubaix espoirs. “I am really happy that I can turn pro with Lotto Dstny next season”, says De Decker, who signed a contract for two years. “This year I already took some big steps forward within the Development Team. Last year, I was only able to go for victory in the national races, now I’m competitive on an international level. I don’t see a better environment than Lotto Dstny to further develop myself. I would describe myself as a Classics rider with a good sprint. I hope to show myself in some smaller races of 1.1 level next year, maybe not immediately to win myself but to get the victory as a team.”

“Tijl turning pro is just a logical choice”, says sports manager Kurt Van de Wouwer. “He already made a big progression this year and we believe he’s still got a big growth margin. Stepping up to the pro team perfectly fits our strategy to develop our youngsters and guide them to a higher level. We are convinced that he can show some nice things with the pros as well. He already won a pro race this year and proved his value, but he will start the 2024 season without pressure and we will grant him the time to get used to the pro level.”

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