Van Impe becomes DS at new team

Lucien Van Impe, the last Belgian winner of the Tour de France, will become sport director at a newly formed Belgian Continental team, the Willems Veranda Cyclingteam, he announced yesterday. The team has not yet signed any riders, but hopes to be able to announce 16 names by mid-December. It will have a budget of about 500,000 Euros.

Willems Veranda is a metal construction firm specializing in porches and conservatories owned by Luc Willems. "I am stepping with my company into a world unknown to me," Willems told Belgian HLN. "We signed a contract for one season, but it is possible that after a positive evaluation, it could be for two or three years. With Lucien van Impe we have the ideal man to take on our project."

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