Wellens: I don't have the leadership in me like Gilbert does

Tim Wellens in Lotto Soudal colours
Tim Wellens in Lotto Soudal colours (Image credit: Sadhbh O'Shea)

The arrival of Philippe Gilbert at Lotto-Soudal has given the entire team a spring in their step and galvanized the team's leaders ahead of the 2020 campaign. Tim Wellens, who will share leadership with Gilbert in a number of the Spring Classics, believes the 37-year-old's return to the team he raced for until 2011 will take the pressure off his shoulders in a number of important races.

"There are better riders coming in. Just look at Philippe Gilbert and his palmarès. John Degenkolb, too. There’s a new wind blowing in the team with those riders. I’m looking forward to racing with them," Wellens told Cyclingnews at Lotto Soudal’s recent training camp in Spain.

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Daniel Benson

Daniel Benson was the Editor in Chief at Cyclingnews.com between 2008 and 2022. Based in the UK, he joined the Cyclingnews team in 2008 as the site's first UK-based Managing Editor. In that time, he reported on over a dozen editions of the Tour de France, several World Championships, the Tour Down Under, Spring Classics, and the London 2012 Olympic Games. With the help of the excellent editorial team, he ran the coverage on Cyclingnews and has interviewed leading figures in the sport including UCI Presidents and Tour de France winners.