Professional Continental cycling team DFL-Cyclingnews-Litespeed, which is run under the guidance of ex-professional and Belgian Eric Vanderaerden, is looking to incorporate more Belgian in the team for next season. The team already features a mixture of Australian, British and Belgian riders, but the squad would like to have more Belgians featured on its roster next season.
20 year-old Michael Vanderaerden, the son of Director Eric, has just signed a contract with the team. "We would like the team to take on more young riders, to help their development" the elder Vanderaerden told Sportwereld.
Although the 36 year-old Nico Mattan is busy planning his retirement, Vanderaerden would welcome the experienced Belgian to stay on for another year. "He can use his experience to guide the youngsters on the team," he explained.
Any talk of Frank Vandenbroucke joining the squad is not yet a possibility, according to manager Rudy Dubois. "If we find some regional Belgian sponsors that absolutely want him in the team, and then we can begin negotiations with him," Dubois said.