ProTeam Lotto Dstny aims for stage victory in Vuelta
Lotto Dstny goes to the Vuelta with a combative, balanced group. Andreas Kron, Lennert Van Eetvelt, Jarrad Drizners, Thomas De Gendt, Sylvain Moniquet, Eduardo Sepulveda, Sébastien Grignard and Milan Menten are the riders that will represent Lotto Dstny at the 2023 Vuelta a España. The Belgian team targets a stage victory.
"I think we have a strong, balanced team for this last Grand Tour of the season," says sports manager Kurt Van de Wouwer. "We do not have one specific leader, which offers opportunities to everyone in the team. In the latest Tour de France we showed our fighting spirit almost every day and we ended with Victor Campenaerts on the podium in Paris as Super Combatif. Just like in France, we want to show our stripes every day in Spain.
The team mixes experience with youth. Thomas De Gendt will start in his 24th Grand Tour and has good memories of the Spanish race with a stage victory in 2017 and the KOM jersey in 2018. We have three grand tour debutants in this Vuelta: Sébastien Grignard, Milan Menten and Lennert Van Eetvelt. “At 22 years old, Van Eetvelt is the youngster of the pack”, says Van de Wouwer, “Lennert already showed himself this year and took his first professional victory in the Sibiu Tour. He can now have a taste of a Grand Tour for the first time and starts without any pressure. Milan is our fast man in this team and we hope to see him in the mix in the sprint stages. He can rely on the support of Jarrad Drizners.”
Andreas Kron, Eduardo Sepulveda, Sylvain Moniquet can use their climbing talents in the many hilly stages of this Vuelta. “Eduardo has shown his good form with a stage victory and the final classification in the Vuelta Castilla y Léon,” Van de Wouwer concludes, “We also expect a few things from Andreas Kron and Sylvain Moniquet in the more difficult stages.”