Lidl-Trek has announced the signing of Tim Declercq, affectionately known as ‘El Tractor,’ to a two-year contract. Tim’s unwavering dedication and exceptional work ethic throughout his 12 years as a professional have made him one of the most recognized and respected figures in the peloton. During his seven years at Soudal – Quick Step, Tim played a pivotal role in numerous team triumphs, contributing to victories in four different monuments. Now, he’s revved up to put his motor to work in a fresh chapter with Lidl-Trek.
“I think Lidl-Trek is a growing team with great values,” said Tim Declercq. “They ride attractively and are stepping up their game every year. I’m super excited to join them. It also looks like they are keen to start working more and more with a science-based approach and are open for innovation. With my background in physical education studies, I really look forward to working in that environment.
“It seems a bit like the Lidl logo is chasing me during my career!” joked Declercq. “But, I think it’s great for cycling that such a big firm wants to invest in cycling. That they chose the Lidl-Trek team to sponsor only shows that it’s a super professional team with great values.
“Of course it will be very strange to leave Quick Step after all those years. Some people of the staff and riders really became friends after all this time, and I’ve got some great moments together. On the other hand, the last few years the team has also not been the same anymore and I really look forward to a new challenge.
“I know most of the Belgians quite well, and I think we will have a lot of fun during training camps. I also look forward to working for every rider the team wants me to, but for sure I hope to be of value to Mads Pedersen in the classics and the Grand Tours.”
Luca Guercilena, Lidl-Trek General Manager, expressed his enthusiasm for Tim’s arrival, stating, “We are thrilled to welcome Tim Declercq to our team. His remarkable dedication and exceptional skills make him the prototypical domestique. Tim has made a name for himself not because of his own results, but for his selfless spirit and willingness to give his all to the collective goal. For this reason, I believe Tim will be a valuable addition to our roster. We look forward to achieving great success as we take this new step together.”