Lotto Belisol has signed Pim Ligthart from Vacansoleil on a two-year contract. The Dutch rider, 25, turned professional with Vacansoleil in 2011 and won his national road race that year. However with his current team set to fold at the end of the season, Lotto has jumped in to bring the rider to their squad.
“I will ride for the first time in a complete Belgian team, in my current team there is a partly Belgian staff. I love racing in Belgium, cycling really lives there. It’s exciting to get to know new people, it will be my second pro team and I’m looking forward to it,” Ligthart said in a press release.
“I have already proven that when I get to the finish in a select group, I can finish the job. In the future I’d like to play a role in the spring and in smaller stage races, like Tour of Denmark, Ster ZLM Toer or Tour de Wallonie, where I became 3rd in GC in 2012. My favourite races are the championships, I’m always performing well at the Dutch one. I have already been Dutch national champion once and I’d like to repeat that.”
Lotto have been one of the most active teams in the transfer market this season. Adam Hansen, Greg Henderson and Lars Bak all signed contract extensions, while Tony Gallopin and Maxime Monfort both join from RadioShack .
“I’m also looking forward to contribute to the successes of riders like Tony Gallopin and Jürgen Roelandts in the spring classics or the sprints of André Greipel,” added Ligthart.