Victor Campenaerts will race again for Lotto Soudal in 2022 as the 29-year-old leaves Qhubeka-NextHash after two seasons.
The South African formation is in financial trouble and announced earlier this month that riders can look for other teams.
The time trial specialist returns to his old home, as he already rode for Lotto Soudal in 2018 and 2019. At the time, Campenaerts focused entirely on the time trial and with success. In 2018 he became Belgian and European champion against the clock and he won a bronze medal at the World Time Trial Championships in Innsbruck. A year later he won the individual time trial in Tirreno-Adriatico and set the world hour record.
Campenaerts has now managed to turn from time trial specialist to an all-round cyclist. In this year’s Giro d’Italia, he crowned his transition to an attacker with a stage win in Gorizia. He also had an excellent autumn, finishing third in the Benelux Tour and 10th at the European Road Championships.
Another important rider from Qhubeka, Giacomo Nizzolo, announced he will ride for Israel Start-Up Nation in 2022 on a two-year deal.
“To join this team is something really special for me,” said Nizzolo. “From the outside, it looks like a really nice team with a great group of people working very well together to reach its big goals. I’m really proud to become part of this team. I’m super happy and super motivated and I’m sure we will achieve big goals together.”