2021 Team Preview: Lotto Soudal

Illustration picture shows the LottoSoudal cycling team stage in Javea in Spain Monday 11 January 2021 BELGA PHOTO DIRK WAEM Photo by DIRK WAEMBELGA MAGAFP via Getty Images
The Lotto Soudal team at their January training camp in Spain (Image credit: DIRK WAEM/BELGA MAG/AFP via Getty Images)

The big names remain, but otherwise it's all change at the Belgian squad, who will race their 37th campaign this season. Nine new faces are on board for 2021, with an average age of 22 and seven of them coming from the under-23 ranks.

It's clear what John Lelangue and the Lotto Soudal management team had in mind this off-season as over-30s such as Adam Hansen, Jelle Wallays and Nikolas Maes have been allowed to leave, to be replaced by young talents such as Ronde de l'Isard champion Xandres Vervloesem and Il Piccolo Lombardia winner Harry Sweeny.

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Dani Ostanek
Senior News Writer

Dani Ostanek is Senior News Writer at Cyclingnews, having joined in 2017 as a freelance contributor and later being hired full-time. Prior to joining the team, they had written for numerous major publications in the cycling world, including CyclingWeekly and Rouleur.

 

Dani has reported from the world's top races, including the Tour de France, World Championships, and the spring Classics. They have interviewed many of the sport's biggest stars, including Mathieu van der Poel, Remco Evenepoel, Demi Vollering, and Anna van der Breggen.

 

As well as original reporting, news and feature writing, and production work, Dani also oversees How to Watch guides and works on The Leadout newsletter throughout the season. Their favourite races are Strade Bianche and Paris-Roubaix and their favourite published article is from the 2024 edition of the latter: 'Unless I'm in an ambulance, I'm finishing this race' – Cyrus Monk, the last man home at Paris-Roubaix