Wanty Gobert - Tormans will collaborate with two new young neopros for the next two years. The Belgian rider Jasper De Plus leaves Home Solution - Soenens, and the Australian Alexander Evans makes the transition from the SEG Racing Academy Continental team.
Younger brother of Laurens, Jasper De Plus, 22, concluded his last season in the U23 category with a win in the Chrono des Nations. The resident of Outer showed his time trial capacities already earlier in the season with a silver medal at the Belgian time trial championships. A second place in the individual time trial at the five day Tour of East-Flanders resulted in a second place in the general classification of this U23 race. The young rider signed a two year contract, until the end of 2021.
Alexander Evans, 22, also signed a two year contract with Wanty Gobert - Tormans. The Australlian climber showed his climbing capacities in the Alps and Pyrenees during his first season on European soil. Riding for the national team in the U23 category, he won a challenging stage in the Tour de l'Avenir on top of Méribel, after a second place on La Planche des Belles Filles in the Tour d'Alsace a couple of weeks earlier. The resident of Bendigo, living in Girona during the European season, only switched from triatlon to cycling less than two years ago and will add climbing skills to Wanty Gobert - Tormans until the end of the 2021.
Jasper De Plus:
« I concluded my last season in the U23 category with a fantastic win at the Chrono des Nations, before signing my first pro contract with Wanty Gobert - Tormans. I'm very enthusiastic to start this new experience, expecting the team to guide me for my first steps in the pro peloton. I hope to learn as much as possible and I want to grab all chances which will be given to me! »
« I'm thrilled and proud to be selected to ride for Wanty Gobert - Tormans. As a first year pro, I aspire to learn from the more experienced riders on the team. The European races are notably more aggressive and more challenging, for example in terms of positioning, small roads and descending. I experienced how great it was to demonstrate what I can do on my favorite terrain in world's most important U23 race. I'm looking forward to my first year with Wanty Gobert - Tormans and hope to be as competitive as possible! »
Hilaire Van der Schueren (sportive direction):
« I'm happy to give one of the most talented Belgian baroudeurs a chance in the pro peloton. His victory at the U23 Chrono des Nations convinced me that his time trial capabilities will add value to our team. The positioning game will be his most difficult challenge. With our support, I hope he becomes as good as his elder brother! »
« One of the most challenging stages in the Tour de l'Avenir was won by Alexander Evans. We continue our investment in young riders, hoping that he can deliver. We're looking forward to see this talented climber gaining experience! »