Mitchelton-Scott have introduced the signing of Sofie De Vuyst for 2020. The Belgian joins the Australian squad after a season with Parkhotel Valkenburg.
32-year-old De Vuyst has raced for 8 groups right through her ten-year skilled profession, beginning off at Topsport Vlaanderen and spending 5 years at Lotto Soudal alongside the way in which. This season she took the largest win of her profession at Brabantse Pijl, and likewise gained the mountain classifications at Competition Elsy Jacobs and the Lotto Belgium Excursion.
“It is very particular to enroll in Mitchelton-Scott, it is one of the crucial largest groups within the ladies’s peloton. It is fairly an honour to journey for this crew and it additionally appears to be a truly skilled crew in each means,” mentioned De Vuyst in a crew observation.
“I am having a look ahead to operating with the arena’s highest climber and GC rider, Annemiek Van Vleuten. I see this truly as an honour and I can give my the whole lot to assist Annemiek up to imaginable.
“I wish to be crucial supporter for Annemiek and Amanda Spratt within the hilly races and I am hoping to achieve the similar degree as this yr, then I feel I will be able to be a powerful enhance within the finals of huge races. After all, successful a UCI race myself could be great as neatly.
“I really like hilly and difficult lessons, after a hilly race, I have an attractive excellent dash. My favorite races are the Excursion of Flanders and Omloop het Nieuwsblad as a result of they’re round on my coaching roads, however I additionally like races akin to Liège-Bastogne-Liège and Brabantse Pijl on account of their hilly profiles.
De Vuyst will certainly spice up the crew’s hopes for the cobbled and Ardennes Classics. This yr Van Vleuten gained Liège, and completed 2nd at Flanders, Amstel Gold Race and L. a. Flèche Wallonne.
Crew sports activities director mentioned that he expects De Vuyst to take a management function in some races whilst operating for others in different places.
“Sofie is a rider that may are compatible in neatly to numerous several types of races. Along with her being a Belgian rider she is aware of numerous the Classics lessons there and along with her skill to climb neatly she will be able to do truly neatly in the ones more difficult cobble classics,” mentioned Vestby.
“I felt that we had to enhance this house in the ones more or less races, specifically within the hilly Ardennes taste races. She is going to enhance the crew but additionally give us an additional card to play. Additionally races just like the Giro-Rosa as she will be able to climb neatly, she is a rider we will be able to use for numerous other races and in several roles.
“She has been operating complete time as a instructor this yr while racing, so expectantly subsequent yr being with us and with the ability to paintings much less and focal point extra on biking can assist raise her as much as some other degree.”
De Vuyst is ready to race each the blended relay and the street race on the upcoming UCI Street Global Championships in Yorkshire.