'We'll see if it's possible to play for the win' – Tour de France debut goals for new Belgian champion Arnaud De Lie

ZOTTEGEM BELGIUM JUNE 23 Gold medalist Arnaud De Lie of Belgium and Team Lotto Dstny celebrates winning during the medal ceremony after the 105th National Championships Belgium 2024 Mens Road Race a 2224km one day race from Sint Lievens Houtem to Zottegem on June 23 2024 in Zottegem Belgium Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images
Arnaud De Lie (Lotto Dstny) celebrates the gold medal and tri-coloured jersey as elite men's Belgian road race national champion (Image credit: Luc Claessen/Getty Images)

Arnaud De Lie is not hiding that he is heading into the 2024 Tour de France with a lot to learn but the 22-year-old, who just received the confidence boost of a win at the Belgian Championships, will still be looking to see if he can accumulate results along with experience during his debut Grand Tour.

When the Lotto Dstny Tour team was announced on Monday, Sports Manager Kurt Van de Wouwer confirmed that even though De Lie and Maxim Van Gils were the two youngest riders named to the squad, they would be capable of capturing stage victories, but also pointed out that there was no pressure on the duo – specifically De Lie who has never raced at any Grand Tour before.

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Jackie Tyson
North American Production editor

Jackie has been involved in professional sports for more than 30 years in news reporting, sports marketing and public relations. She founded Peloton Sports in 1998, a sports marketing and public relations agency, which managed projects for Tour de Georgia, Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah and USA Cycling. She also founded Bike Alpharetta Inc, a Georgia non-profit to promote safe cycling. She is proud to have worked in professional baseball for six years - from selling advertising to pulling the tarp for several minor league teams. She has climbed l'Alpe d'Huez three times (not fast). Her favorite road and gravel rides are around horse farms in north Georgia (USA) and around lavender fields in Provence (France), and some mtb rides in Park City, Utah (USA).