VN ticker: Soudal Quick-Step hits 900th win, Arnaud De Lie wants ‘big’ win
Here's what's making headlines on Wednesday, February 15.
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Soudal-Quick-Step hits a team milestone of 900 wins
Mauri Vansevenant out-muscled Matteo Jorgenson (Movistar) to win on Green Mountain in Wednesday’s final stage at the Tour of Oman.
The victory was just his second as a pro, but it marked an important milestone for his Soudal Quick-Step squad. Dating back to 2003, the win was the 900th in franchise history.
“The fact that I wrote history for Soudal Quick-Step with this 900th win leaves me speechless. Never in my wildest dreams would I have thought about this, about being in the spotlight of such an important moment in the history of the team,” he said. “Just riding for the ‘Wolfpack’ is something special to me, and now, to hit this milestone … it’s just amazing.”
The Belgian takes the last stage of the #TourofOman – our 9️⃣0️⃣0️⃣th victory pic.twitter.com/pv7EisLvRL
— Soudal Quick-Step Pro Cycling Team (@soudalquickstep) February 15, 2023
Arnaud De Lie: ‘I would like to win a big race’
Arnaud De Lie won nine victories in his debut season with the pros, and is already off to a hot start in 2023.
The 20-year-old Belgian is setting some big markers this spring, and will target such races as Gent-Wevelgem and Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne.
“I do not necessarily want to win more than in 2022, but I do want to win races of a higher level. I am talking about Gent-Wevelgem and Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne a lot: two races I am really looking forward to,” De Lie said. “Of course all races are important, even more now we are in ProTour. But it is not because of that, that we will change the way we ride. We want to win every race.”