Caleb Ewan will stay at Lotto-Soudal for 2023 despite the team’s relegation from the WorldTour soon to be confirmed.
weekly cycling understands that the Australian sprinter has not expressed any desire to leave the team due to its relegation, and that Ewan has said he will stay with the team and fulfill his contract which runs until the end of 2024.
A Lotto Soudal spokesperson confirmed to weekly cycling that despite the team’s situation, Ewan “wasn’t going anywhere.”
“Caleb has told us internally that he will stay with the team. At the moment we are planning and discussing his program and goals for the upcoming season, which will continue next week,” the spokesperson said.
Ewan recently signed a new contract that runs until the end of the 2024 season. When asked about weekly cycling if there was a clause allowing him to leave after the team’s relegation, they explained that Ewan, like other riders, may have wanted to leave, but that impending relegation “doesn’t change anything”.
“It could change it, but it doesn’t. Potential relegation was an issue for the entire season and something he [Ewan] He was aware of Although he has always expressed his intention to stay with us and nothing is going to change, ”they said.
“There is always an option that the cyclists want to leave, relegation or not. We have seen this on multiple occasions and teams before. But we have no sign of any rider wanting to leave.
“Caleb extended his contract along with Jasper De Buyst. They will be a difficult combination to beat in 2023. For them, nothing changes, next year we will be fighting for victory in the most important races as we have been in recent years,” they said. additional.
“We will still be able to ride the Tour, the Giro and Milan San Remo, which were Caleb’s biggest goals last season. His speed train hasn’t changed much, so for him and us things don’t really change. The objectives remain the same and the program will remain the same. Here there is no benefit to anyone taking a different course.”
Meanwhile, the team spokesman explained that Lotto-Soudal is viewing their relegation as “an opportunity to take a step back and then go further” in the long term, and that Ewan’s decision to stay with the team was a big statement from intentions.
They said: “In order for us to convince all our riders of our project for next season, we had to take some steps and think of ways we could change things for the better and for the good of the team. The fact that, for example, Caleb says ‘well, I’m committed to this team, they have a plan for me and the whole team’ just tells us that we’re moving in the right direction.”
Jonathan Vaughters along with Chris Froome have recently condemned the structure of the WorldTour relegation system, with Froome calling it a “death sentence” for many other teams.
Froome’s Israel-Premier Tech team is expected to join Lotto-Soudal at ProTour level in 2023 after also being relegated.