Lotto Soudal have signed skilled leadout man Jacopo Guarnieri from Groupama-FDJ because it seems to bolster help for sprinters Caleb Ewan and Arnaud De Lie in 2023.
The 34-year-old Italian has performed a key position within the success of Arnaud Demare lately and is extensively revered within the peloton. Through the Giro d’Italia Grande Partenza in Hungary he wore a wristband in solidarity with LGBTQ+ neighborhood and infrequently speaks out on riders’ rights and security issues.
Guarnieri’s transfer to Lotto Soudal, who shall be referred to as Lotto Dstny in 2023, is a part of the continued means of enhancing the Belgian crew’s dash practice. In distinction Groupama-FDJ have promoted eight riders from their Underneath 23 growth crew for 2023 and are rebuilding their dash lead out. His signing is the most recent in a variety of rider transfers for 2023.
“I used to be really flattered by the curiosity of Lotto Dstny,” Guarnieri mentioned.
“This can be a crew with an excellent historical past of sprinters and lead-out trains. The crew is absolutely targeted on profitable bunch sprints and with Caleb Ewan and Arnaud De Lie there are two actually quick guys for me to work for. I’ve had an excellent discuss with Caleb Ewan already and I’m trying ahead to the following two seasons.”
“A lead-out is extra than simply energy or luck,” Guarnieri defined.
“In my former groups I used to be chargeable for the group of the dash practice as nicely. feeling amongst all concerned within the practice is essential. After all, there are plenty of robust guys already, however I need to carry one thing further to this crew with my expertise.”
Lotto Soudal are locked in a battle to keep away from relegation however Ewan and De Lie will each stick with the crew if the squad is relegated to ProTeam stage. Regardless of the danger of relegation, crew supervisor John Lelangue continues to construct for the long run.
“When working with a dash practice you at all times should hold in search of enhancements. The work is rarely finished,” he mentioned.
“With Caleb Ewan we now have one of many quickest sprinters of the peloton, however Arnaud De Lie has confirmed this 12 months that he deserves to be surrounded by robust riders who know how you can information a sprinter too. Due to this fact, it’s essential for us to carry some further expertise and quick legs into our dash practice.”