The 27-year-old Belgian is determined to bring his contribution to the Wolfpack’s success.
Ayco Bastiaens started racing at the age of ten and since then has continued to climb up the ladder. Having had some nice results himself, the last few years he developed into a quality helper and he is eager to still grow into this role with our team over the next two years, starting from 2024.
“It’s great to be able to ride for Soudal Quick-Step from next season. I think it’s one of the biggest and nicest teams out there, and definitely as a Belgian it’s an easy choice if you are able to go to the team of Patrick Lefevere. It’s my childhood dream, as it’s for many other riders. My role will be to help the leaders, and I’m really looking forward to do that”, said a happy Ayco.
“Next to cycling I don’t have time to do a lot of other stuff, as at this point the focus is really on my cycling career. It was my dream to turn my passion into my job, so becoming a professional rider and now being able to ride for this amazing and incredibly successful squad is fantastic. I’m excited for what the next two years will bring.”
Patrick Lefevere, CEO of Soudal Quick-Step, is confident the Belgian will immediately find his place in the team and show what he is capable of: “Ayco already has some experience. This, together with his great helping skills, will definitely match with our squad. He is calm and knows exactly what his qualities are. We will help him grow even more into that role and hopefully achieve beautiful things together in the next two years.”
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