Frederik Frison on the podium of Dwars door West-Vlaanderen
Nice result after a year of bad luck
Lotto Soudal has extended the contract of super domestique Frederik Frison with two years, which sees the 27-year-old Belgian stay at the team until the end of 2021. Frison turned pro at Lotto Soudal in 2016 after he made the step from the U23 team.
Frederik Frison: “It was quite an easy decision to stay at Lotto Soudal. I feel good within the team and I also know exactly what my role within the team entails and what they expect of me. Also the team is satisfied with my performances and then you don’t need to hesitate for too long. Lotto Soudal really is a group of friends, there’s a family atmosphere and you can be yourself. Of course, it remains your job and you need to perform, but how the team treats their riders, is in my opinion not something you’ll find just anywhere.”
“I am the type of rider that can ride really hard and I’m also a time trialist, so riding at the front of the bunch for our leaders suits me perfectly. When they perform well, or if for example Caleb Ewan finishes the job, it gives me great satisfaction, of course. That way, the motivation and the morale remain high. The coming two years, my role will be more or less the same, but I want to take another step forward, especially during the Classics. My personal ambition is to support our leaders a little further in the finale. A second Grand Tour participation would be nice. That is always good to lay the foundations towards the future and if there would be a Grand Tour on my schedule next year, I would be really looking forward to that.”
“Unfortunately, I had to miss the Cyclassics Hamburg due to illness but I hope to have - after some training sessions - the good feeling again during the Tour of Germany. Afterwards, I will be at the start of the Tour of Britain and some Belgian one-day races. My race schedule for the end of the year is not yet 100 percent clear, both Paris-Tours or the races in China are an option.”