Circus - Wanty Gobert - Tormans adds a 26th rider to its effective for 2020. Jan Bakelants signed a one year contract with the Belgian UCI Pro Team. The 33 year old Belgian rider brings his experience from ten World Tour campaigns. Bakelants, member of team Sunweb in 2019, will advise the young riders, but also take his own chances in hilly races.
During his professional career, which started in 2009, Bakelants won a stage at the Tour de France in 2013, in Corsica, and wore the yellow jersey. He was also the best at the Grand Prix de Wallonie (2013), a stage of the Critérium du Dauphiné (2014) and the tours of Piémont and Emilie (2015). Bakelants finished four times in the top 25 of the Tour de France and hopes to join the roads of the Grand Tour this summer.
Jan Bakelants :
« Circus - Wanty Gobert - Tormans is a perfect fit for me! I want to become the rider I was in an environment in which an aggressive riding style is preferred. The exciting race calendar with an extensive World Tour programme of this Belgian Pro Team is very attractive. I'm looking forward to share my experience with my new teammates and to perform at the Tour of Catalonia and the Ardennes classics. I'm very motivated to get started and to be a part of the team's success! »
Hilaire Van der Schueren :
« I noticed his big motivation during the conversations we're having since October. We strongly believe in his added value; he'll show the ropes of the pro peloton to our young neo pro's and he'll assist our older riders in the classics and hopefully the Tour de France! »
Jean-François Bourlart :
« We've been reconsidering the signing of Jan Bakelants for a long time, but in the end we couldn't leave this Tour de France stage winner and yellow jersey wearer without a team. He came back at a decent level after his heavy crash and, with Circus - Wanty Gobert, he will be able to compete in a lot of races that suit him. He'll be an important element in the World Tour races and in our hunt for UCI points. »