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De Vuyst brings climbing strength & Classics experience to enrich Mitchelton-SCOTT women’s team

Fri 20 Sep 2019

Mitchelton-SCOTT is pleased to announce Belgian rider Sofie De Vuyst will join the women’s team for 2020.

De Vuyst has been in the professional peloton for over ten years and brings with her a wealth of experience, particularly in the Belgian Classics. With good climbing ability, the 32-year-old will add to the strength and all-round support to the Mitchelton-SCOTT women’s team.

De Vuyst sees it as an ‘honour’ to be joining the Australian outfit and is looking forward to ‘working with the world’s best climber and GC rider’.

“It's very special to join Mitchelton-SCOTT, it's one of the biggest teams in the women’s peloton. It’s quite an honour to ride for this team and it also seems to be a really professional team in every way.

“I’m looking forward to working with the world’s best climber and GC rider, Van Vleuten. I see this really as an honour and I will give my everything to help Annemiek as much as possible.”
  
“I want to be an important supporter for Annemiek and Amanda Spratt in the hilly races and I hope to reach the same level as this year, then I think I can be a strong support in the finals of big races. Of course, winning a UCI race myself would be nice as well.

“I like hilly and hard courses, after a hilly race, I've a pretty good sprint. My favourite races are Ronde van Vlaanderen and Omloop het Nieuwsblad because they are around on my training roads but I also like races such as Luik-Bastenaken-Luik and Brabantse Pijl because of their hilly profiles.”

Having enjoyed a successful 2019 season, Sport Director Martin Vestby believes De Vuyst is a perfect addition to strengthen the squad further as they continue to target new results, and that she will be an important ingredient in the team’s composition for next season, particularly races such as the Cobble Classics and Ardennes Classics.

“Sofie is a rider that can fit in well to a lot of different types of races. With her being a Belgian rider she knows a lot of the Classics courses there and with her ability to climb well she can do really well in those harder cobble classics.

“I felt that we needed to strengthen this area in those kind of races, particularly in the hilly Ardennes style races. She will strengthen the team but also give us an extra card to play. Also races like the Giro-Rosa as she can climb well, she is a rider we can use for a lot of different races and in different roles.

“I followed her from the start of the year and have been quite impressed with her this year, she followed up on her strong results last year and I expect her to have a lead role in some races and be a domestique rider and have a support role in other races for us next year.

“She has been working full time as a teacher this year whilst racing, so hopefully next year being with us and being able to work less and focus more on cycling can help lift her up to another level.”

Sofie De Vuyst
Nationality: Belgium
Date of birth: 2nd April 1987 (32)
Turned Pro: 2008
Joins Mitchelton-SCOTT: 2020

Top Results:
-       1st Brabants Pijl - 2019
-       2nd La Classique Morbihan - 2019
-       2nd Flanders Ladies Classic - 2019
-       2nd Erondegemse Pijl - 2013
-       2nd Tour de Bretagne Féminin GC - 2012
-       3rd Le Samyn des Dames - 2013

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