The Belgian WorldTour team has confirmed that Ewan would also ride the Giro d’italia, while De Gendt will also complete a Grand Tour double in the 71-day revised 2020 season, riding the Vuelta a España with Sander Army, Tomasz Marczynski, Tosh Van der Sande and Evil Vanhoucke.
The Norwegian Carl Fredrik Hagen will lead Lotto Soudal overall hope in the corsa rosa after finishing in eighth place in the 2019 of the Vuelta a España.
The british Matthew Holmes and 24 years belgium’s Kobe Goossens will be making their Grand Tour debuts in Italy. Holmes joins Lotto-Soudal for the British Madison Genesis of a Continental team, but immediately showed his talent by winning the stage to Willunga Hill at the Tour Down under.
“We are already announcing the Tour team because there is no point in waiting for the first races in August,” Lelangue said.
“It is already quite late and we know how our riders are preparing. Everyone has worked hard these past few weeks, we will not have surprises and we will continue to build to be ready for the Tour.
“There are fewer opportunities for the sprinters, but they still have some chances. We have a lot of faith in Caleb, he is one of the fastest riders in the world. We also have John Degenkolb, the importance of the card. Importantly, we have made clear agreements within the team. ”
A number of the Lotto-Soudal riders were training in the Belgian Ardennes, such as the coronavirus locking rules ease across Europe, while others train at home. The Belgian team has opted against training camps at altitude to avoid the risk of theft and numerous trips. Last week, Lotto-Soudal announced that it would return to the race Strade Bianche, on the 1st of August, with the help of the Tour of Poland, the Critérium du Dauphiné and the Tour de Wallonie, as the key to the accumulation of races in the month of August.
Gilbert will be the target of Milan-San Remo, the only monument Classic missing from his palmares. He hoped then to use its target shape for Liège-Bastogne-Liège, the Amstel Gold Race, the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix.
“I’m going to be super good from the beginning to the end of the season. My first goal is Milan-San Remo and therefore it may not be my first race, this is why I will ride the Strade Bianche race, on the 1st of August and Milan-Turin, the 5th of August, ” he explained.
The speed and the good atmosphere in the Ardennes. #LottoSoudal @CAPS_OnTheRoad @Lezyne @HJCAHelmets @EKOIcycling @tacx ? @facepeeters pic.twitter.com/Xxx2uz3aUCJune 21, 2020