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Van Summeren wants Lotto numbers

By:
Jean-François Quénet in Saint-Etienne, France
Published:
June 13, 2007, 1:00 BST,
Updated:
April 22, 2009, 20:04 BST
Edition:
First Edition Cycling News for June 13, 2007
Johan Van Summeren (Predictor-Lotto)

Johan Van Summeren (Predictor-Lotto)

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Johan Van Summeren wants to know what his future with the Predictor-Lotto squad holds but is waiting...

Johan Van Summeren wants to know what his future with the Predictor-Lotto squad holds but is waiting for the squad to add a dollar figure to its one-year extension offer. The Belgian's contract ends at the end of this season and other teams have already expressed interest in the Belgian according to Het Belang van Limberg.

"They asked me to tell them what I want, but I don't think that is the correct way to deal with it," explained Van Summeren. "If Predictor-Lotto wants to keep me, then they should make me an offer. They know my address - I will make sure there is food and drinks."

Van Summeren, who stands 1.97 meters tall, is best know for being a team work horse. He is down to ride the Tour de France this July having ridden all the Spring Classics this season. The rider, who won the Under 23 Liège-Bastogne-Liège in 2003, explained why his palmares is so short as a professional: "I have only one problem - I am not fast, so I don't win much".

Predictor-Lotto has made the rider an offer of extending his contract for one more year, but hasn't given the rider a financial offer. "The ball is in his court," said team manager Marc Sergeant. "We made it clear that we want him for next season, but my budget is not unlimited".

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