Former Belgian professional Marc Wauters will return to his roots to work as a sport manager at Team Silence Lotto, the team announced this week. Wauters turned professional with the squad 18 years ago. He is best known for winning stage two of the 2001 Tour de France – a win which netted him a day in the yellow jersey and a $20,000 diamond for winning in front of Belgium's King Albert and Queen Paola.
"Marc will keep his main activity in the field of the cycling project at the Vlaamse Wielerschool," Lotto General Manager Geert Coeman said in a press release. The agreement covers about 80 racing days.
"His experience and his knowledge of cycling will certainly represent plus points for the team's management," Coeman noted.
Wauters, 39, turned pro with Lotto in 1991. He transferred to Team WordPerfect in 1994, and returned to Lotto for the 1996 and 1997 seasons. The Belgian finished out his career with nine seasons at Team Rabobank before retiring in 2006.