Ludwig De Winter and Thomas Degand extended their contract with Wanty-Gobert for two years and one year respectively.
De Winter, who will be celebrating his 27th birthday at the end of the year, plays a role as helper within Wanty-Gobert. The baroudeur showed himself in the spring in the early breakaway in Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne and in the E3 BinckBank Classic. The inhabitant of Binche signed a contract with Wanty Gobert - Tormans until the end of 2021.
Also Degand, part of Wanty-Gobert since the start of the team, except for 2015, will be in the ranks of the Belgian formation next season. The 33-year-old won the Tour du Jura in 2017. This season, he finished in the top 20 in the general classification of the Tour du Limousin (13th) and of the Circuit de la Sarthe (17th). The inhabitant of Isières hopes at least to equal these results in 2020 with Wanty Gobert - Tormans.
Ludwig De Winter:
« This season I flourished in the hands of Wanty-Gobert, so I'm very happy to receive the opportunity to continue this evolution for two more years. This act of faith shows that my work in the shadow is appreciated. I grew as a rider during the season and gained valuable experience as a helper, which steadily increased my added value to the team. This two year extension is a fantastic reward! »
« Moreover, as an inhabitant of Binche, I'm very proud to represent the colours of our main sponsor Wanty! I hope to do this again in the spring classics next season, in order to show my baroudeur temperament in my favorite races! »
« I'm a member of Wanty-Gobert since the start and grew with the team. Thanks to my interlude in the World Tour with IAM in 2015, I appreciate the familiar atmosphere even more. There's a good chance now that I'll finish my career in this habitat. So I'm happy to represent the colours of Wanty Gobert - Tormans for one more year. My role in the team changed gradually towards assisting Guillaume Martin. I like this role of team captain, but I'm also motivated to grab some chances to realize my personal ambitions next year. On to a good winter! »
Hilaire Van der Schueren:
« We can always rely on Ludwig De Winter. No matter the demand, he's always ready to fulfill his task, to the extent possible. I'm very satisfied about his contribution to the team, so I'm happy to welcome him within Wanty Gobert-Tormans again for the next two years! »
« Thomas Degand is a member of the Wanty-Gobert familiy since the start. Just like Ludwig De Winter, he completes his tasks as a helper with verve. The amplitude of his tasks will become more important next year, because we expect him to take more responsibility in order to become a road captain. The bar will be raised a little higher, so I'm already looking forward to a new season with Thomas Degand. »