Lotto Soudal rider Jasper De Buyst, still under contract until the end of 2022, has signed a new agreement which will see him stay at the team until the end of 2024. That way De Buyst, who celebrates his 28th birthday today, will be part of the team for ten seasons. In recent years, the Belgian has played a crucial part in the sprint train as lead-out of Caleb Ewan, but in the past Jasper also took home some nice victories himself like Binche-Chimay-Binche and a stage victory at the Tour of Denmark and Tour de Wallonie. Last weekend, De Buyst and teammate Roger Kluge finished runner-up at the Lotto Six Days Flanders-Ghent.
“This contract extension is a sign of mutual trust and respect and of course I am very happy with that”, said Jasper De Buyst. “At the end of this new contract, I will have been riding at the team for ten seasons, which is rather an exception in cycling. I think this says a lot about our nice collaboration during the past seven years. Lotto Soudal has become a real home and even though I am still 28, it feels like I am already part of the most experienced riders within the team.”
Also Lotto Soudal’s General Manager John Lelangue, is happy that Jasper De Buyst is staying at the team for at least three more seasons.
“Like in 2019, we extend Jasper his contract for the same length of time as Caleb Ewan’s. Jasper has been part of Lotto Soudal for seven years now and it was a priority to keep him on board. As one of the main guys in Caleb’s sprint train, Jasper has contributed to many victories and I am sure there are many more to follow in the coming years. In addition, we have signed some reinforcements for the sprint train with the likes of Jarrad Drizners, Michael Schwarzmann and Rüdiger Selig. We’ve done this to give riders like Jasper De Buyst a bit more freedom and a chance to pursue their own results as well. Jasper has already won some nice races in the past and also in one-day races such as the spring Classics, he is a real asset to the team.”
Jasper De Buyst already looks ahead to the next few years at Lotto Soudal.
“Of course, I will still give my all at the service of our sprinters the coming years. I’ve put aside my personal ambitions for several years now so it will be something of a test to try and go for some own results. In any case, it would be nice to be able to do a bit of both. Of course, I would like to win a few more races. Besides, at 28 I’m already considered as a road captain within the team, so I definitely feel like passing on my experience to the younger generation”, concludes Jasper De Buyst.